Base and Filament Types
The code number of a filament consists of a letter or letters to indicate how the wire is coiled. A number followed by the letter indicates the arrangement of the filament on the supports. The letter "C" is commonly used indicating "Coil" type filament.
Bulb Shapes and Sizes
The code number of a bulb consists of a letter or letters followed by a number. The letter indicates the shape of the bulb and the number relates to the diameter of the bulb in eighths of an inch. The mosts commonly used household bulb is the A-19. The bulb is "A" type and the diameter would be 23/8". A 65BR40 is a 65 watt reflector 5" in diameter.