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Annette1990

Replacement Bulbs for an inflatable

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My lights in my inflatable went out. So I went to Ace and bought a pack of 12 volt replacement bulds. Put all new ones in and it came right on. But that evening I noticed that the lights inside the inflatable are very dim. What voltage should I get to make it brighter. I really have no clue and need this problem fixed before Halloween. Thanks for your replies.

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It's wattage, not voltage, you need to look at.

Most C7-type bulbs are 5watt. I think the ones that ship with inflatables are 10watt. You can find them in the specialty bulb section of any hardware store.

-Tim

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I see...ok...I know when they first wouldn't light up I tried a light from a strand of Xmas lights and the plastic piece wouldn't fit. So that's when I decided to just replace the bulbs. I don't think Ace his any 10 watt in their Christmas sections. So maybe I should look where the light bulbs are kept?

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So maybe I should look where the light bulbs are kept?

Right.

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The standard bulbs are 7 watt C 7's.

If you can't find them local...buyinflatables sells replacement bulbs as well as the plastic covers.

Hi Jen...

I think I am confusing everyone here. I just checked out the 7 watt C7's on buyinflatables.com and those bulbs are huge. My inflatable takes the smaller lights. Something similar to the pic. I am adding to this post but in white.

I tried the 12 volt replacement bulbs and they were not bright at all. I am wondering if there is something brighter in a smaller bulb.

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Interesting -- I've never seen inflatables that take mini-lights, except for one that had a wreath on it. But then, I'm not really an expert on all inflatables...

-Tim

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Hi Jen...

I think I am confusing everyone here. I just checked out the 7 watt C7's on buyinflatables.com and those bulbs are huge. My inflatable takes the smaller lights. Something similar to the pic. I am adding to this post but in white.

I tried the 12 volt replacement bulbs and they were not bright at all. I am wondering if there is something brighter in a smaller bulb.

That's wierd I don't ever recall seeing one that wasn't a C7.

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Which inflatable is it?

Sounds to me like a 4ft non gemmy...I have some that have mini light type bulbs.

I don't "think" I have any large inflatables that have those type of bulbs though.

Was it even bright enough to start with?

And do you still have the box?...if so it should list what type of bulb.

I'm thinking it might just be easier to add some additional lights...get a short string on minis...I prefer the dollar store window icicle lights.

Use a saftey pin and pin the end of the string to the inside top of the inflatable and run the plug end out the zipper...

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Jen..

It's a Gemmy Mickey Mouse Pirate Halloween inflatable. I still have the original box and paper work it came with. It didn't say on the paper what type of replacement lights thou. So I contacted Gemmy and the rep said I would have to send an email. Still waiting for a reply. I wish it used the other bulbs you all listed. It would be much brighter that's for sure. And yes it did seem brighter with the little lights that came with it.

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Hmmm...the 4ft with mickey beside a priate chest?...from wal-greens?

I will have to hunt mine out and inspect it...

The one I have looks like this...And I finally heard back from Gemmy and they said they would send me "mini" lights for it. Now that Halloween is over..geesh...*L

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Guest CrazylightkidR.I.

usually the cheasy familydollar inflateables have mini lights in them...

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I have that one too Annette and it is dim. I added mini-lights to several of the "indoor" 4-footers that I used outside and those looked so nice & bright from the street I really should have added them to vampire Mickey. Next year I guess. Mine do look like mini-lights though so I agree with you there too : )

I bought the new Mickey pirate coming out of the treasure chest, it must have got rain in it as the fan or transformer or both died and I don't know how to change the fan--guess I should make a thread and ask huh?

I think you are lucky to have gotten a reply from Gemmy, some say they are kind of slow to respond. Anyway, next year I will just add lights to vampire Mickey--good luck to you!

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Ha...ha...I was going to say that must be a vampire pirate...:P

The off brands often do come with mini lights...I have a snowman that had one mini light in there...took him back as he was crap anyway.

I don't have that mickey...but have heard that the small disney inflatables are not well made.

The only one I have ever lost to fan failure was a halloween tigger...supposed to have been outdoor rated...

I'm glad they are sending you some replacement lights.

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Yes I actually got a few replies from Gemmy and they even offered to send FREE replacement bulbs. Although both my inflatable have the mini lights I never knew others have bigger bulbs. I bought the two I have from LTD Commodities. Don't think I will buy any more from them unless I know for sure that they come with the other type of lights. Thanks again to everyone for your helpful information. =)

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I have the same problem with the dim inflatables from Walgreens. In 2006 they used the big bright bulbs and had a better anchor. the 2007 4 footers had a strand of mini lights and didnt have a plastic base.

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