Here is a rare find - a full case of 24 unused vintage 1950s Westinghouse F15T8/W fluorescent light bulbs. I found these at an estate sale where they were being stored on the top shelf in a basement for many years. The box was opened but I don't know with certainty if it was opened right before the sale or at some point in the past. I looked carefully at most of the bulbs and I am confident that they were never used.
I'm not sure exactly how old these bulbs are but the bottom of the box has "57" written twice in pencil - which might mean 1957. Regardless, I think these bulbs are from the 50s or so based on their appearance and from the packaging design. They have black bakelite end caps.
I have not tested all the bulbs, but I tested 5 from the top layer in the package in a modern fixture and all 5 worked fine. But given the age of the bulbs it wouldn't be a shock if there are some in the box that are no good. As with all the vintage light bulbs I sell, I am selling the whole lot "as is" with no guarantees of any kind, so please bid accordingly.
Each bulb is about 17"-18" long inlcuding the end caps and about 1" in diameter - also see the ruler pics.
The outer cardboard box is dirty from storage and the corners of the box split on one end when I was handling it. The cardboard sleeves for the lamps are mostly intact but one has a partial tear and some others are a little tattered.
I will double-box this item carefully and pad it well for shipping. This is a large and heavy item, hence the shipping cost. I am not making a profit on shipping here.
The shipping cost stated above applies to sales in the continental US only. Shipping to AK, HI, and US territories will generally be slightly more. Email me for details.
Thanks and good luck!
Please review the following important frequently asked questions, terms of sale, cautions, and disclaimers prior to buying or using any of the items I sell.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND TERMS OF SALE:
"Why does shipping cost so much?"
"What do you mean I don't have a confirmed address? I've lived here for years!"
Please note that I do not make money on the shipping charges. I attempt to charge only the actual shipping cost that I pay to Ebay and the US Postal Service when I ship an item. However, shipping cost varies based on the location of the sender and recipient. Therefore, I have to estimate unless I am using a Flat Rate box. This means that sometimes I come out ahead a dollar or two and sometimes I lose a dollar or two. On average, my shipping estimates are accurate to within 5% of the actual cost. If you feel that the actual cost to ship to you will be significantly less, please contact me with your ZIP code and I will double check.
"Will I have to sign for the package?"
You MUST have a PayPal confirmed address. If you do not have a confirmed address you must confirm your address with PayPal prior to shipping. I use delivery confirmation for all items.
I use delivery confirmation for all items. Items that sell for more than $250 will ship with signature confirmation - this means you will have to sign for the package or pick it up at the local post office. These are PayPal requirements. Delivery confirmation and signature confirmation will be considered proof of delivery.
"What forms of payment do you accept? Can I pay with a money ord-r, lottery tickets, or postage stamps?"
PayPal only please. I do not accept checks or money ord-rs because they require me to make a trip to the bank and then call to verify that the check or money ord-r has cleared. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can log in as a guest and make a credit card payment. If you don't have a credit card, you should think about getting one - they're really convenient!
"The USPS tracking information you sent me is no good. I'm calling the police!"
Relax. USPS tracking information often lags by several days. In fact, sometimes the item is delivered before any information is posted online. Lastly, sometimes packages are not scanned into the system until then get to a sorting facility. This may occur up to several days after I drop it at the post office.
"I clicked "Buy It Now" but I no longer want the item. What should I do?"
Please contact me ASAP. I am a reasonable person and I will generally cancel a sale at your request if the item has not yet shipped. Please try to keep this to a minimum as it is a hassle.
"I have a question/complaint/issue following the sale. What should I do?"
If you have questions or need assistance after the sale, please contact me via the Ebay messaging system only. Please do not email me directly as I do not expect Ebay messages in my inbox and I will likely delete the message as spam.
"Do you combine shipping?"
"How long will it take to get my item?"
Yes, whenever two or more items can be safely placed in one box. If you have purchased multiple items from me do not pay until I send the invoice. If you pay before I send the invoice I will not be able to combine shipping as Ebay will not allow me to print a single shipping label for two items. Otherwise I will be happy to combine shipping if the items can be safely packaged together.
I generally ship within two business days of payment. If you pay by e-check through PayPal, I will ship after the check clears - this can take up to 7 days. I ship items that weigh less than 13 ounces packed by First Class Mail - this takes about 3 business days. I ship larger items by Priority Mail (3 business days) or Parcel Post (3-9 business days) depending on cost and location. Generally I choose Parcel Post to keep the cost down on large, heavy items and/or items that are shipping to locations that are far from Chicago (e.g. west coast, east coast).
Ebay is my hobby, not my job. Sometimes things come up that prevent me from shipping within 2 business days. In these cases I will ship as soon as possible. Please be understanding and refrain from sending me all caps emails two days after payment demanding to know where your item is.
"Can I use part WXQ387475 with model WXC48985?"
Generally, when I sell a part of something, I do not know which models it is compatible with. Your best bet is to contact the manufacturer or look it up with Google. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to choose the correct item.
"I live close to you. Can I come pick up my widget?"
Sorry, I am not available for local pickup. The only exceptions to this are certain large and high-priced items -- for these items I will clearly state the local pickup option in the listing.
"Please pack the item carefully!"
No worries, I always do. I generally use clean "recycled" (i.e. used) boxes and packing materials. This saves both of us money and it is environmentally responsible. Please do not be upset if the shipping box is used or the item is packed with newspaper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or other packing materials as needed. I wrap delicate or "scratchable" items in plastic and pad all items well. I almost never ship boxed item in the retail box alone.
"I don't want my item anymore. Can I return it?"
Most items sell may be returned in unaltered condition within 7 days of delivery if you are not satisfied for any reason. Buyer pays shipping both ways in the event of a return, so please be sure you want the item. All returns must be received in unaltered condition (e.g. unused, sealed in package, etc.). Some items may be marked to prevent switch-and-return fraud.
Items that are listed as "as is" or "for parts" are not returnable, even if you find a flaw with the item that I did not discover. Large lots of items are generally not returnable. I generally do not give partial refunds.
"I'm really upset about the thing I bought!"
Please contact me prior to leaving feedback of there is a problem. Ebay is my hobby and I am not an expert on any of the items that I sell. However, I attempt to test items whenever possible and describe them honestly in the listings. I never intentionally conceal a defect.
"Why haven't you left feedback for me?"
I generally leave feedback 2-4 times per month. You do not need to email me to remind me.
CAUTIONS AND DISCLAIMERS:
I am not an expert on any of the items that I sell. The "vintage" (i.e. old and/or obsolete) items I sell are intended for collecting purposes. They are sold "as is" with no warranty of merchantability. I do not endorse the use, suitability, or safety of these items for any other purpose. Please exercise caution in using these items for any purpose other than collecting and display.
If the item is electrical, mechanical, or used in a vehicle you should have it inspected, cleared for use, and installed by a licensed professional prior to use. Always wear eye, hand, face, and body protection when using mechanical items or tools. Never use any item in a setting where failure could cause injury or property damage unless it has been inspected and cleared for use by an expert. Never leave an electrical item running unattended. If the item is healthcare-related, it must be inspected and cleared for use by an expert prior to use in a clinical or patient-care setting.
By bidding, buying, accepting, or using these items, the buyer (you) accepts all legal and financial responsibility associated with the use, misuse, or failure of the items and releases the seller (me) from all liability.