Most common bulbs found in arcade games
pinball lamp and bulb spec chart
The following detailed chart shows lamp information on commonly and rarely used pinball game bulbs. Included in the bulb specifications are voltage, amperage, MCSD (brightness) and life expectancy as well as the names of the pinball games the lamp well be found in.
Within each bulb group, the "standard" lamp is normally marked with a "*" next to it. These are lamps that are commonly used in coin operated games. A number of bulb groups indicate a "standard" lamp with a "+" symbol, these are lamps commonly available from pinball parts dealers but are not known for sure as to their usage and type of game they may be found in ( jukebox lamps, video arcade, Electromechanical gun game, Pitch & Bat arcade, etc).
Lamp #VoltsAmpsMCSDLamp Life
Base Type
Typical Coin-Op Game Application
556.3.15.3320,000Miniature Bayonet (BA9)Can be used as a super long vibration hardened replacement for the #47 bulb. This bulb is quite dim but can be used under Sling shot Plastics and inside Pop and Thumper bumpers to reduce the possibility of a short life span due to the vibration caused by the activation of nearby playfield mechanisms.
476.3.15.523,000 Miniature Bayonet (BA9)A potentially better replacement bulb for the stock #44 bulb as it produces less heat and current draw and can protect G.I. connectors, playfield plastics and scoreboard glass art work. See Tech Tips for more info.
44*,000 Miniature Bayonet (BA9)This bulb is the stock G.I lamp used through the history of pinball.
See #47 bulb for a possible replacement
866.3.20.4020,000Wedge (T-1 3/4)
4476.3.15.523,000 Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
555*,000 Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
455*6.5.50FLASH500 Miniature Bayonet (BA9) [FLASHLAMP]Thermal activated mechanical 'off' switch is integrated inside of this bulb and makes it blink at random intervals. Used mostly in old EM pinball backglass for highlighting effect.
5456.5.31FLASH500 Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D) [FLASHLAMP]
18967.0.502.201,500Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
637.0.633.001,000 S.C. Bayonet (BA15s)
51+,000 Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
115612.82.1032.001200 S.C. Bayonet (BA15s)Used by CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (CFTBL) in the Hologram projector. #199 is a brighter alternate.
Used by GETAWAY in the beacon light
19912.82.2532.001500 S.C. Bayonet (BA15s) Brighter version of the #1156 projection lamp used in the CFTBL pinball. Can be used as a replacement for #1156
Can also be used in the GETAWAY pinball in the beacon light
89*13.0.586.00750 S.C. Bayonet (BA15s)
906*13.0.696.001000T-5 (15mm) Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
90413.5.694.005000 T-5 (15mm) Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)   Slightly dimmer then the common #906 bulb. Can be used as a longer lasting replacement lamp.
6713.5.594.05,000S.C. Bayonet (BA15s)     Used in F-14 TOMCAT on the playfield.
16114.0.191.004,000 Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
15814.0.242.00500Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
19414.0.272.001,500Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)   Used by WHITEWATER on top of the backbox
16814.0.353.001,500Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
19314.0.332.007,500Wedge (W 2.1 x 9.2 D)
182928.0.071.001,000Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
75728.0.08.627,500Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
182028.0.101.601,000Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
186428.0.173.001,500Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
313+ Bayonet (BA9)
187328.0.203.007,000Miniature Bayonet (BA9)
125128.0.233.002,000S.C. Bayonet (BA15s) Used in Pin-Bot and Cyclone
168328.01.0232.00500 S.C. Bayonet (BA15s)Used in HIGH SPEED (and probably F-14 TOMCAT) in the beacon light. Used by FIRE! in the "Flame Tube".
The physical glass bulb of the #1683 lamp is significantly larger than the #1251

MCSD is a measurement of luminous intensity. It stands for Mean Spherical Candelas (formerly known as MSCP or mean spherical candlepower) and is the total light output from a lamp measured in all directions. It is equal to the total visible energy emitted by the lamp, measured in lumens, divided by 4*pi (~4*3.1415927).

Note: The physical glass bulb of the #1683 lamp is significantly larger than the #1251 lamp.

Bulb Base Chart
Lamp and Bulb base chart


Data from a 1939 bulb catalog.
Lamp NoVoltsAmpsCandle PowerBead ColorBaseBulb Base TypeFig
406.30.120.5BrownMiniature ScrewT-31
40-A6.30.150.5BrownMiniature BayonetT-32
412.50.50.5WhiteMiniature ScrewT-31
423.20.50.75GreenMiniature ScrewT-31
432.50.50.5WhiteMiniature BayonetT-32
446.30.250.8BlueMiniature BayonetT-32
453.20.50.75GreenMiniature BayonetT-32
466.30.250.8BlueMiniature ScrewT-31
476.30.150.5Brown Miniature BayonetT-32
482.00.06-PinkMiniature ScrewT-31
492.00.06-PinkMiniature BayonetT-32
-2.10.12-WhiteMiniature ScrewT-31
49-A2.10.12--Miniature BayonetT-32
507.50.21.0WhiteMiniature ScrewG-34
517.50.21.0WhiteMiniature BayonetG-35
- ScrewG-43
556.50.41.5WhiteMiniature BayonetG-4-