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Updated on November 13, 2016

Christmas Bubble Lights

As a kid, in the 1940s, we had a couple of strings of bubble lights. I loved those light and could hardly wait until we put up our tree each Christmas. In the evenings, I would sit near the tree so I could watch the bubbles in the lights. I was amazed in how the bubbles could travel up the tube. As a kid I wonder where those bubbles inside the tube went? Sometimes our family would turn out all the lights and we would sit watching the lights bubble.

With Christmas time approaching, I thought I would be fun to revisit and share one of my favorite childhood memories. I have tried to add a few related sites that may be of interest or helpful for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Enjoy.

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BUBBLE LIGHT From Wikipedia

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Bubble light

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A Christmas bubble light, as depicted in a patent illustration.

A bubble light is a decorative device consisting of a liquid-filled vial that is heated and lighted by an incandescent light bulb. Because of the liquid's low boiling point, the modest heat generated by the lamp causes the liquid to boil and bubble up from the vial's base. The liquid is almost always methylene chloride, but some early bubble lights used a lightweight oil. The light from the lamp illuminates the bubbles from underneath, causing them to shine. These lights can also be repaired when one burns out by taking apart the plastic base ,and then removeing the old light bulb and put a new one in.

Bubble lights for Christmas decoration were introduced to the US in 1946 by [[NOMA (company)|NOMA], one of the largest American manufacturers of Christmas lights. The other big makers are Sterling, Royal Elctric Company and Good Lite to name a few. Noma was the largest maker of these bubbling lights. These lights were made in both c-6 and c-7 bases these size lights were made mostly all the companies made these lights in both base sizes. The c-6 lights were for seris use and were 15 volts seris meaning "if one goes out they all go out".

As Christmas lights, bubble lights were very popular during the 1950s and 1960s, and into the 1970s, before miniature "fairy" lights became popular. The original design used a miniature screw base (E-10), such as those used on C-6 cone Christmas lamps. These early designs were nominally designed to operate with 8 on one string, in series, at 15 volts each. However, they were often packaged with a nine-socket string to extend the life of the bulbs. Bubble lights could also be purchased individually for use in an already-owned light string. Modern incarnations either use candelabra base (E-11) 120-volt bulbs, or push-in "midget" size miniature bulbs (most commonly ten 12-volt bulbs wired in series). Bubble lights were being manufactured by the Telsen Electric Company Ltd(1935), in Manchester, England, possibly as early as the late 1940s.

A miniature bubble light designed to operate with 12-volt "midget" bulbs.

The clear light bulb is enclosed in a plastic base made up of a "bowl" and a "cap", usually of different colors. Bubble lights are manufactured in just about any color, including the liquid in the tube. The plastics used are most commonly semi-opaque red, yellow, blue, and green. Liquids are generally amber, red, blue green ,and rarely purple and pink. Uncolored liquid is also available, being lit with colored bulbs instead.

In recent years bubble lights have gotten fancier. Glitter is sometimes added to tubes for extra sparkle. This is most common on specialty types such as those used in decorative nightlights. The bases are now often made to look like objects such as Santas or snowmen, rather than the plain ribbed plastic. Like many other Christmas decorations, they have been converted for Halloween use, usually with orange liquid and a base that looks like a jack-o-lantern, or the head of a black cat or witch, among other Halloween symbols.

Bubble lights of all kinds operate best when the top of the tube is significantly cooler than the bottom, thus increasing the pressure gradient. The tubes must be kept upright, and occasionally need to be tapped or even shaken to begin bubbling after warming up. Bulbs should not be stored in a hot (or very cold) attic, as this will cause them to not bubble as well later on [Unless the tube was leaking, why would this be the case? No vapor or liquid would escape. Citation needed for the claim that bubble lights will degrade if stored in extreme temperatures].

Modern imitations of bubble lights are made from acrylic or other clear plastic rods, with permanent bubbles deliberately manufactured into them, and lit with fixed-color or color-changing LEDs. Other bubbling lights are much larger and sit on a table or floor, occasionally with fake fish which "swim" up and down in the changing buoyancy. These tubes are filled with distilled water and have one or more airstones at the bottom, and normally a light, along with the air pump.

[edit]Patents

US PAT No. 2,031,409 : February 18, 1936

US PAT No. 2,031,416 : February 18, 1936

US PAT No. 2,162,897 : June 20, 1939

US PAT No. 2,174,446 : September 26, 1939

US PAT No. 2,353,063 : July 4, 1944

Categories: Christmas traditions

TREE LIGHTS - CREDIT: http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes

TREE LIGHTS

It is said that Martin Luther began the custom of putting candle lights onto trees (see the legend, Martin Luther and the Christmas Tree Lights). Until the late 19th century candles were the only was to light a Christmas Tree. There were many experiments to create safe holders, from hoops in the 18th century to counter balanced metal holders and prettily decorated clips in the late 19th century. At the end of the century experiments with gas lights (many of which blew up!) and early electric lights were done. The first electrically lighted tree was done by Edison in America, in the 1880's.

Germany created many attractive figural lights using the same technique as for making glass tree ornaments, but after W.W.I, Milk glass lights, so called because the glass was a milky opaque white, were being made in Japan and in America.

Many people still liked to use traditional candles, and it was not until after W.W.II that Britain converted to electrically lit trees generally. Some of the nicest lights made in America were made in the 1940s. Those made in the late 30's & 40's by the General Electric Co. were licensed from Disney, and showed Silly Symphonies, Snow White , and later Cinderella etc. There were also Bubble Lights which were little coloured glass tubes with an oil inside, which began to bubble as the light heated up. These were only sold for about ten years, and so are very rare today - but recently another American company has begun to market bubble lights again.

When Santa Claus Comes

WHEN SANTA CLAUS COMES

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A good time is coming, I wish it were here,

The very best time in the whole of the year;

I'm counting each day on my fingers and thumbs-

The weeks that must pass before Santa Claus comes.

Then when the first snowflakes begin to come down,

And the wind whistles sharp and the branches are brown,

I'll not mind the cold, though my fingers it numbs,

For it brings the time nearer when Santa Claus comes.

~Author Unknown~

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Experience Bubble Lights

Beer Tree

SO MUCH HAD TO BE SACRIFICED!

Puppy Christmas

Puppy Christmas - Author Unknown

On the first day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

The Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the second day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the third day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Six yards of soggy ribbon,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Seven scraps of wrapping paper,

Six yards of soggy ribbon,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Eight tiny reindeer fragments,

Seven scraps of wrapping paper,

Six yards of soggy ribbon,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

My wreath in nine pieces,

Eight tiny reindeer fragments,

Seven scraps of wrapping paper,

Six yards of soggy ribbon,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Ten Christmas cards I shoulda mailed,

My wreath in nine pieces,

Eight tiny reindeer fragments,

Seven scraps of wrapping paper,

Six yards of soggy ribbon,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

Eleven unwrapped presents,

Ten Christmas cards I shoulda mailed,

My wreath in nine pieces,

Eight tiny reindeer fragments,

Seven scraps of wrapping paper,

Six yards of soggy ribbon,

Five chewed-up stockings,

Four broken window candles,

Three punctured ornaments,

Two leaking bubble lights,

And the Santa topper from the Christmas tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my puppy gave to me,

A dozen puppy kisses...

And I forgot all about the other eleven days.

CREDIT: All Creatures.Org

Merry Christmas Around the World

CREDIT: http://www.allthingschristmas.com

Merry Christmas around the world

Afrikaner (Afrikaans) ~ "Een Plesierige Kerfees"

Argentine ~ "Felices Pascuas"

Bohemian ~ "Vesele Vanoce"

Brazilian ~ "Boas Festas"

Chinese (Cantonese) ~ "Saint Dan Fai Lok"

Danish ~ "Glædelig Jul"

Dutch ~ "Vrolijk Kerstfeest"

English ~ "Merry Christmas"

Filipino ~ "Maligayang Pasko"

Finnish ~ "Hyvaa Joulua"

French ~ "Joyeux Noël"

German ~ "Froehliche Weihnachten"

Greek ~ "Kala Christouyenna"

Hawaiian ~ "Mele Kalikimaka"

Hebrew ~ "Mo'adim Lesimkha"

Icelandic ~ "Gledileg Jol"

Indonesian ~ "Selamat Hari Natal"

Irish ~ "Nollaig Shona Dhuit"

Italian ~ "Buone Feste Natalizie" - Natale italiano

Japanese ~ "Kurisumasu Omedeto"

Korean ~ "Sung Tan Chuk Ha"

Lithuanian ~ "Linksmu Kaledu"

Malay ~ "Selamat Hari Natal"

Maori ~ "Meri Kirihimete"

Norwegian ~ "God Jul" - Jul i Norge

Romanian ~ "Craciun Fericit"

Peruvian ~ "Felices Fiestas"

Portuguese ~ "Boas Festas"

Slovakian ~ "Vesele Vianoce"

Spanish ~ "Feliz Navidad"

Swedish ~ "God Jul" - Jul i Sverige

Welsh ~ "Nadolig Llawen"

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Christmas for Children of All Ages.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas gift suggestions: "To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."

~ Oren Arnold

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love bubble lights.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      all the designs you can make just with those little sparking pieces of sunshine!! first time seeing this quantity of light related products, christmas lights aren't just for christmas, there are more christmass lights designs you can find at christmaslightsandmore.com

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      ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

      I'd never heard of these but now I want some!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I really like the MERRY CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD list. Thank you for sharing:).

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I remember my parents decorating the tree with bubble lights, such a dazzling site to sit and just gaze at these spectacular Christmas ornaments. Wonderful memories that I'm glad to re-create by decorating my family tree with bubble lights once again. Angel Blessings**

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I remember my parents decorating the tree with bubble lights, such a dazzling site to sit and just gaze at these spectacular Christmas ornaments. Wonderful memories that I'm glad to re-create by decorating my family tree with bubble lights once again. Angel Blessings**

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Thank you Ladymermaid for your generous dusting. Always nice to be visited by a Squidoo Angel.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My first sprinkling of angel dust on this lens has long worn off so I am back once again to scatter a little more. It is my quest today to re-bless the lenses which I blessed in October of 2010. You are on this list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ....and blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How delightfully done! I've always been fascinated by bubble lights and you put the little girl stars in my eyes again here. I love your gift suggestions, Oren Arnold would have to be considered very wise.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Thanks, baby-strollers. It says and shows the heart of Christmas!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Oh I like that oren arnold quote for sure!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I don't think I had ever heard of bubble lights before visiting your page! They are very interesting! I could see being mesmerized by watching them. :) Merry Christmas! :) Hugs, Kath

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Not sure about the fan. Are you saying it is a "stand alone" bubble light not on a string? Does it have a battery? Or on an electric string but for cooling purposes? That is a new one on me. My guess it was not made in the USA. Find any markings on it?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have an old ornament my grandmother gave to me. This ornament has a fan inside and when the tree lights are placed under it the fan spins. My father who was born in 1952 said he remembers these ornaments all over the tree growing up. I'm thinking these ornaments were made in the 1940s if not earlier. I've never since one like it and can't find anything online...anyone have any ideas or know what I'm talking about? :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Bubble lights! I hadn't thought of these in years. Wonderful memories!

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      LeCordonDude 6 years ago

      Oh my Guysh!! :0) My mom had a set of these when I was a kid, from when she was a kid!! I LOVE THESE THINGS and have been looking for some. If I break down and buy some, I will come back and buy them from here for sure!! Bookmarking this lens! TOTAL AWESOMESAUCE!! THis really brught back some old Christmas memories! love your lens!

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      Sunflower Susan 6 years ago

      My, we are getting close again, aren't we! This is the second time you have surprised me with something I'd never seen before. LOL Love it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I used to love the bubble lights when I was a kid--my aunt had them on her tree and I thought they were the neatest thing I'd ever seen. We never had them though, because my mom didn't like them. Such a happy lens--I loved the Puppy Poem--it's happened to me many times!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      ah this makes me feel like its December already! cheers

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Yes, I got a set for Christmas 2010 and truly enjoyed watching them. They are well worth the price. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like these bubble lights they are pretty cool, I have never used them before but think they are pretty neat

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love them. I'll have to get it all fired up for next year.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful lens. Love bubble lights.

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I love bubble lights so beautiful can watch them for hours. I think my grandma had them on her tree!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i really love bubble lights. they remind me of my grandparents' tree.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Lighting on Christmas is magical, and thanks for my favorite carol "Little Drummer Boy"

      this is a great lens.

      Regards

      Michey

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Great poems and interesting about the christmas lights. I forgot that it is a tube that distributes the light

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      I love them too!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      They are very pretty. The Christmas tree in your video is beautiful.

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      My mother-in-law turned me on to bubble lights and, in fact, shared an old family set with us years ago. We still have them and use them today. We've since added some newer sets. Bubble lights are a Christmas tradition at our house. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Absolutely delightful and blessed by a squid angel this morning. Have a great day :)

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nice lens with lovely pics and good presentation. Thumbs up

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a really nice lens 5***** and favorited!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      We love bubble lights. We have only one working string left. Glad to have a link to purchase more. We haven't been able to find any the last couple of years. Thanks!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I loved the bubble lights my Mom had when I was under 5 years old. It would be nice to have a new string on the tree.

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      I like the Christmas bubble lights because they make the end-of-the-year season special, every place look different, cheerful... :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      The bubble lights are beautiful.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      What a delightful subject for a Christmas lens. One of my friends has bubble lights for her tree and they're always fascinating to watch. Merry Christmas to you!