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Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Jan 31, 2020. 6 Replies

Hello,I need some advice on how to repair a Mathmos Telstar, or whether I need to do anything at all.The problem I see is that the bulb socket is loose and wiggles around.  It seems like the socket…Continue

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Brad replied to Jim's discussion Need Mathmos 35W Screw-Filling Halogen Bulb
"The halogen flood bulb looks different because nearly all the light is illuminating the wax, whereas an incandescent bulb in reflector or golf ball style will “leak” light through the glass from below.  I believe this phenomena is…"
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Brad replied to Jim's discussion Need Mathmos 35W Screw-Filling Halogen Bulb
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Brad replied to Jim's discussion Need Mathmos 35W Screw-Filling Halogen Bulb
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Brad replied to Sentrex's discussion Mathmos - Power Converter or Bulb?
"Hey all,  I'm resurrecting this thread because I found a very suitable replacement for the original JDR halogen bulb called for by Mathmos.  These bulbs simply do not exist in the US — JDR is already odd, and E14 is even…"
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Brad replied to Brad's discussion Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?
"Ask and ye shall receive!"
Jan 31, 2020
Mr MaGoo replied to Brad's discussion Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?
"YAY!  Have to see the finished product bro!  If no pics it did not happen :P"
Jan 31, 2020
Brad replied to Brad's discussion Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?
"Thanks for the picture.  That was very helpful to see the nut on the bottom of the socket.  I held the socket with one hand while twisting the strain relief using my other hand.  Eventually the nut "caught" on the threads…"
Jan 31, 2020
Mr MaGoo replied to Brad's discussion Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?
"Easy way to tell if globe is hitting bulb is to put a dab of something, liquid paper, paint, silicone, toothpaste on top of the bulb, with it off of course, then place globe down in position.  Then take out globe and see if said substance is on…"
Jan 30, 2020
Tevfik Dogruman replied to Brad's discussion Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?
"To remove the socket, you must first remove it."A plastic strain relief and a lock washer" screwed on the bottom, turn and remove.The socket has two parts. It is seen in the pictures. Once combined, it opens very hard."
Jan 30, 2020
Johnny replied to Brad's discussion Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle striking bulb?
"Have you removed the legs then tried the bottle in the base? "
Jan 30, 2020
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Mathmos Telstar repair advice: loose socket, bottle strikes bulb.

Hello,I need some advice on how to repair a Mathmos Telstar, or whether I need to do anything at all.The problem I see is that the bulb socket is loose and wiggles around.  It seems like the socket isn't quite seated.  When I place the bottle onto the base, it doesn't sit flush on the leg struts and it feels like the bottle is sitting on the bulb.  (edit: or maybe it isn't).   The bottle is a bit unstable and tends to tip sideways.  I have to push the bottle down pretty firmly to get it to…See More
Jan 27, 2020
Brad replied to Susan's discussion Mathmos Smart Astro, anyone received one yet?
"Reviving a 9+ year old thread because I just watched this video on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttiDRg-kY9g I had no idea the Smart Astro even existed, and it sounds perfect for today's market where incandescent and halogen…"
Jan 17, 2020
Brad replied to Jim's discussion Need Mathmos 35W Screw-Filling Halogen Bulb
"I registered for this site to tell you that I found a suitable replacement incandescent bulb with flood/reflector glass, E14 base, 130V, and a wattage close to the original…"
Jan 7, 2020
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