Big Beam U-C Lite Manufacturing Company Flashlight - Lantern with Sealed Beam - Model No. 266 (c. 1960)
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Big Beam U-C Lite Manufacturing Company Lantern with Sealed Beam  
Big Beam U-C Lite Manufacturing Company Lantern with Sealed Beam

Value: $15.00
Manufacturer: Big Beam U-C Lite Manufacturing Company
Mfgr. Model #: 266
Circa: 1960
Battery: 2 6V
Style: Lantern

Online Since: 4/30/2003
FM Reference #: BI00001

I purchased a red strobe (only) lantern that was manufactured by U-C Lite for Fairbanks Morse & Company. It's marked with the Fairbanks Morse name and C-10500. It has twin bulbs that flash at the same time, and takes twin 6 volt batteries, though it can operate on just one. My best speculation is that was a marker light (tailight) used on Fairbanks Morse railroad motor cars. (???)
Jan 20, 2013 - 4:04 AM
  butch b
i have bought replacement bulbs at napa auto parts. have been through 3 .
Dec 20, 2012 - 1:29 PM
  butch b
i have had 1 of these big beams since 1972. had to replace the switch at least 3 times painted it twice. used to run my fox dogs at night & could spot their eyes at least a 1/4 mile or more. so it's 40 years old & going strong.
Dec 20, 2012 - 1:25 PM
  Wild Bill
Greetings, I have an oldie, cat. no. 411, green and square body....I found a replacement bulb some twenty years ago,,,,tha guy said it was from a Mod A Ford, mine has a carry strap and still works from a 6 v lantern battery....those looking for bulbs, take the old one with you to a major auto parts store....
Aug 28, 2012 - 8:36 AM
I have a big beam u-c lite model#266 circa;1960 want to know how much it's worth
Aug 19, 2012 - 12:12 PM
I bought a Big Beam 400F red warning light from an antique store in Michigan a couple weeks ago. It works great, just need to make a gasket for the red lens. This light is a dual battery model that has a solid bright red light or a dimmer flashing red light.
My collection is the 400f, a 211 and just added a 111.
Aug 11, 2012 - 1:53 PM
I have one in my ReStore for Habitat For Humanity in El Dorado 530-621-3317. model # 801
Jan 25, 2012 - 3:20 PM
i came across a big beam 211 and was wondering if you can tell me more about it or the value of it. thanks
Jan 11, 2012 - 10:26 AM
i like to know how much my big beam no.164 is
Jul 8, 2011 - 4:41 PM
I have a big beam for sale there 2 switchs in it will make a good one for parts or to restore pics on request
Feb 23, 2011 - 10:29 AM
I GOT MINE AS SELECTION IN A GIFT CATALOG IN 1958. It has the 1953 date on it as well. I recently got it out one of my "collection boxes". I need to find a replacement switch for it.
Jan 9, 2011 - 10:54 AM
I have the 1953 model of this light for sale. Anyone interested Email me.
Sep 10, 2010 - 2:56 PM
I just pulled one olf these out of a dumpster and its just about in min t condition.Was wondering if i found treasure.Any collecters want one of these?
Jul 31, 2010 - 8:46 PM
I bought one at a yard sale this weekend. It's similar to the one above, but it's model no. 111. Mine's base is red, but it's less square - more of a longer rectangle. It doesn't have a globe, but a circular logo and I think the lamp part is rounder.
May 23, 2010 - 8:08 PM
i have a big beam #164 with the swing up arm and red flashing light.everything works, in good to better than average shape. can anyone tell me it's value.thanks
Apr 25, 2010 - 6:12 PM
I have the same lantern shown, but with an older logo on it. the bulb can be found in most auto part stores as well as some hardware stores. This lantern is still being made, and replacement parts, I found by doing a Google search to their website.
Apr 15, 2010 - 11:47 PM
I have a light similar to the 266 model with no numbers on it however it's gold in color and stamped golden beam on the sides, any info on this model?
Mar 20, 2010 - 6:02 PM
Jan 26, 2010 - 5:03 PM
i recently aquired a big beam from an estate sale and the date on it is feb 1953
Jan 23, 2010 - 12:22 AM
  Bill Gore
yepp this is an old one. in my daddy store we sold a bunches of these but not like this one. the newer ones..hard to find the seal beam replacement and also the battery has rises in price from when we used to sell them.
Oct 25, 2009 - 9:01 PM
I have BIG BEAM no.111 and it works fine.
Sep 21, 2009 - 3:19 PM
I got a No. 164 but it has a swing-up arm with a flashing red light and a second black rubber button that controls it.
Sep 17, 2009 - 11:38 PM
I have one almost exactly like this one (it too is labeled No. 111 but the logo is different) - Pat. Pending 1953, a relic from my dad, and I still use it! Mine takes one great big 6V battery. Sounds like Tammy and I have the same model.
Aug 4, 2009 - 2:18 PM
I own a Big Beam No. 164 Sealed Beam Beacon Lamp Pat. Feb 1953- other Pats Pend. U-C Lite MFG. Co. Chicago, Ill. U. S. A in very good condition. If interested contact me at
Mar 25, 2009 - 9:51 PM
  Cecelia Rallo
My fiance's grandfather was the founder of U C Lite Manufacturing and invented the big beam (Johnson family). His grandfather is deceased and he does not have one of the flashlights. How do I obtain one? Please help!!!! 630/669-7758
Nov 15, 2008 - 6:21 PM
  Rick Spence
My Father was instrumental in the design ande production of this lamp after WWII and well into the 1950's
Oct 21, 2008 - 5:14 PM
I found a old flashlight that looks similar to this but it has a narrower band at the top with a screw hold it on on the top.The name of it is BIG BEAM NO-111 it was made at the U-C-LITE MANUFACTURING COMPANY in Chicago Illinois but I can't seem to find out anything about it...its similar to this one and it works..can u help?
Aug 20, 2008 - 5:43 PM
Looking for a sealed beam bulb No. 169 for lamp number 166. Do you still have???
Jun 23, 2008 - 6:52 PM
  Larry B.
I have a Big Beam mod #164, that is in as new shape. Can anyone give me an aprox value? And the age?
Jun 3, 2008 - 4:23 AM
i have a big beam no#104 and everything on it works i just cant find any info on the 104 model can anybody help me
May 3, 2008 - 2:42 PM
  Vijay Shah
I work for the company that produces these laterns, Big Beam Emergency Systems. (815)459-6100 .
Apr 17, 2008 - 8:52 PM
  jim garkow
i have purchased a U C Lite no. 104 beacon lamp . it has a pat. date of 1953 does anyone know how old it actually is . it is in excellent condition and i have the original box also. any info would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 11, 2008 - 9:48 PM
I have the 166 (c.1953). Thanks for the McMaster info. Mine had orig bulb (working) until last week when the teens took it outside and dropped it. >:(
Mar 27, 2008 - 12:30 AM
Whoops! The last post is wrong. Sorry. I meant to post this for the Big Beam 166. With this said you can still get the sealed beam for this lantern at McMaster.
Jul 16, 2007 - 8:51 AM
The lamp is a #4546lamp. 4.7volts at .5amps. You can buy these from McMaster-Carr Supply as well as the 6volt spring top battery. McMaster' site is:
Jul 16, 2007 - 8:36 AM
This light uses spring-top 6-volt lantern battery; original style sealed-beam "headlight-type" bulb seems to be difficult to find but found similar/workable replacement style bulb unit at Sears, Approx. $12.00
Oct 13, 2006 - 8:40 AM
I came across this same flashlight, in better shape than the one shown here, when going through my deceased grandfather's shop. I don't know if it works and needed to know what type of batteries and bulb to use. If anyone has any information on the bulb used in this flashlight please contact me at Thank you
Jan 11, 2006 - 11:51 PM

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