Replacement Bulbs for Meiji Microscopes

Light bulbs in microscope illuminators need to be replaced periodically. The bulbs on this page are most commonly used in Meiji Techno illumination systems. If you own a Meiji microscope and need a replacement, you should be able to purchase it at your local Meiji Dealer. Some older models or specialized microscopes may use bulbs that are not listed here. If you cannot find the correct bulb, please contact our technical support staff to assist you. Click HERE for information on Lamp Safety, Handling and Disposal.

Microscope or Microscope Stand Model Number Replacement Bulb
Top Light


Bottom Light
Top and Bottom Light
B Stand   MA261/SL-10
Series Models
FL150, FL151, FL152
FL180, FL181, FL182
FT190, FT191, FT192
Fiber Optic Illuminators
115V or 220V
Dual Arm or Annular Ring Light
GEM (BOTTOM light) MA350/10
GEM (TOP fluorescent light) MA309/05
GS2000 - MA111
IM7100, IM7200
8W Ring Fluorescent
ML Series 30W Models
ML2000, ML5000, ML7000
ML8000, ML9000
ML5000 Series 50W models
ML7500, ML8500, ML9700
MT5500 Frosted Bulb MA357
MT5500 Clear Bulb MA358
MT Series 30W Halogen Models:
MT4200H, MT4300H, MT4210H, MT4310H, MT5200H, MT5300H, MT5210H, MT5310H, MT6000 MT7000, MT8000, MT9000
Series Models
MT Series 50W Halogen Models:
MT7500 Series, MT8500 Series
PB Stand
Top Light
PB Stand
Bottom Light
PBH Stand
Top and Bottom Light
PBM Stand MA590
30W Stands for RZ Series



ST-3, STC-3

All TC5000 Series Inverted
Transmitted Illuminator 30W
TM400 20W Models:
TM420, TM440
TM400 30W Models:
TM450, TM460, TM490
All TM400F Models with Fluorescent (5W) Call Meiji
All VT Series
Inverted Microscopes

Replacement Bulbs Listed by Part Number

Note:The size of these images will vary and some images have been re-sized to fit this page. Do not rely on the size of these images to determine which bulb you need.

Note:Incident light shines down from above; transmitted light shines up through the specimen from below.

Part Number Description Application
MA111 12V 10W Incident light: ST-3, SKT-1B, SKT-2B, SKT-3B, GS2000 Incident & transmitted light: SKT-BT, SKT-2BT, SKT-3BT Transmitted light: STC-3
MA260/05 6V 20W Halogen       For MA260, MA264H, and MA264EX illuminators
MA261/SL-10 115V 20W For "B" Stand and MA261/35 (TM200 Series illuminator)
MA263/05 115V 30W  For MA263 illuminators
MA263/10 220/240V 30W For MA263 illuminators
MA264/05 6.5V 2.75A For MA264 illuminators
MA275/05 12V 50W For ML5000 Series 50W models; ML7500, ML8500
All MT7500, MT8500 series.

Part Number Description Application
MA305/05 8W Ring Fluorescent For MA305/100, MA305/200 ring fluorescent illuminators 
MA309/05 4W Tube Fluorescent For MA309 fluorescent box illuminators for GEM stand 
MA326 6V 30W Halogen (G4 base type)       For ML2000 and ML5000 Series 30W models; all VT Series Models, IM7100, IM7200, ML2000, ML7000, ML8000, ML9000, TC5100, TC5200, TC5300, TC5400, TC5500, TC5600
All MT Series 30W models; all RZT & RZDT Stands
MA350/10 115V 30W For GEM stand transmitted light
MA350/20 220/240V 30W< For GEM stand transmitted light
MA361/10 110V 20W Half-silvered bulb for TM400 Series 20W models
MA361/20 220/240V 20W Half-silvered bulb for TM400 Series 20W models
MA362/10* 115V 30W Half-silvered bulb for TM400 Series 30W models
MA362/20* 220/240V 30W Half-silvered bulb for TM400 Series 30W models

Part Number   Description     Applications
MA560   6V 1.2A Tungsten     Incident light: AB, ABZ, PB Stands
All BM/BMK Series models
MA561   6V 1.2A Tungsten     Transmitted light: AB, ABZ, PB Stands
Note: MA560 and MA561 may appear to be identical, but they are not interchangeable.
MA570  6V 10W Halogen       Incident & transmitted light: ABE, ABH, ABZH, PBH Stands
FL150/70  21V 150W Halogen  For Fiber Optic Light sources: All FT190 and FL150 Series
FL180/70  21V 150W Halogen For FL180, FL181 & FL182 fiber optic illuminators
MA357  8V 12W Tungsten  Frosted - Fits Meiji Techno MT5500 Series Microscopes
MA358  8V 12W Tungsten Clear - Fits Meiji Techno MT5500 Series Microscopes
MA590  110V 15W Tungsten Frosted - Fits Meiji Techno PBM Series Stands

DC Arc Lamp

Part Number Description     Applications
BA005 HBO 100W Mercury DC Arc Lamp TC5000 Series &
MT6000 Series
Equipped with
Epi-Fluorescence Lamphouses
BA013 XBO 75W Xenon DC Arc Lamp  
BA014 XBO 100W Xenon DC Arc Lamp      

Tips on extending bulb life

Bulbs have a rough life in a microscope: burning in an enclosed area for hours on end with a finite lifetime, the effects of too much heat and not enough ventilation, DC current from the dimmer circuit slowly thinning the metal of the filament. And with bulbs nowadays being manufactured more and more cheaply, the cumulative effect is not good for bulb longevity.

If the bulb is halogen or DC Arc Lamp type, DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS with your bare hands when installing bulbs. Use the plastic bag it comes in to install the bulb. DO NOT jar or bump or run your scope in an environment that has excessive vibration. Turn your scope off if you do not need it on. Some bulbs have a rated life of only 100 - 200 hours so if you use your scope full time, be prepared to use bulbs.

Halogen bulbs in microscopes and fiber optic light sources can also have problems if the socket is worn out; i.e. the connection cannot sink enough heat away from the bulb and/or the electrical connection is weak. If your scope is an old workhorse who's starting to eat bulbs, check the bulb socket out for poor contact and discoloration of the contact. The bi-pin type bulb should push stiffly into the socket. If not, or if it wobbles around excessively, the socket is too old and needs replacement.

* discontinued - subject to stock on hand