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Old 29th Oct 2023, 3:21 am   #21
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I have a M.R. iron of my late mother’s, at least 60 years old. The bulb was a MES torch bulb size with green glass. When it failed I used a 2.5v 0.3 amp torch bulb which is just fine except I could not get a green one.
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Old 29th Oct 2023, 9:30 pm   #22
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do what I have done with indicators in the past , buy a bottle of green nail varnish and "paint" a normal torch bulb
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Old 29th Oct 2023, 11:32 pm   #23
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A "Sharpie" permanent marker of your chosen colour works well too.
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Old 30th Oct 2023, 12:01 am   #24
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the bulb is a Lilliput ES but the actual glass bulb was a small globe as apposed to the cylindrical type.
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Old 30th Oct 2023, 1:45 pm   #25
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Did you say you managed to read the voltage on the smashed one?

Ebay have E5 base bulbs, the ones aimed at penlights have a tiny lens at the end (lenticular glass) and are shorter than a standard LES

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/354220082...parms=ispr%3D1
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Old 30th Oct 2023, 7:19 pm   #26
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OP, Post 13:
"One side of the bulb holder is connected to the live connection and the other to earth".

Although picture confirms that it is connected to blue, neutral, not live. This can't be right.
Would fail a PAT test, maybe trip an RCD and if mains were reversed, explode!
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Old 30th Oct 2023, 11:16 pm   #27
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yes you are right .the bulb is connected to neutral and earth [is this wrong?] .the shunt is also connected to the earth pin
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Old 30th Oct 2023, 11:46 pm   #28
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just had a closer look at the connections and its now clear that the earth connection and the one directly behind it are separate so one side of the bulb is on the neutral and both the shunt and the other bulb connection are on the connection behind the earth . Hope this makes sense.
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Old 31st Oct 2023, 7:11 am   #29
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Just measure the voltage across the bulb holder feed points when the iron is heating up. Be careful with meter probes not to slip!
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Old 3rd Nov 2023, 4:56 pm   #30
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As far as I remember, the live lead goes straight to the top end of the element, the bottom of the element goes to one pole of the thermostat, and the other pole goes to the neutral lead. The indicator lamp is across the contacts of the thermostat, and only lights when the iron is hot, and the contacts open.
Can't remember a shunt, but it's a long time ago.
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Old 3rd Nov 2023, 8:22 pm   #31
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Different models, different configuration.
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