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I had lightbulb in my bathroom that lasted for many years but finally blew. I took the blown lightbulb to the lighting store, and they gave me a replacement that they said would work.

However, I then found that the new bulb wouldn't fit into the light fitting. In short, the red line depicted below is shorter than the yellow line.

The light fitting

The light bulb

I'm confused about whether I should press hard on the copper-colored metal to push it apart (I think that's doable, though I'd have to push really quite hard) or whether maybe the lighting store were wrong and I have the wrong type of bulb.

As per the request in the comments I have taken a photo of the whole fitting, and have looked at the numbers underneath.

Full fitting

It says

PAT APPL 42845764
CAT No 60720 240V 60 W AC
SEC APPROVAL No CS 0799

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    Where are you located? A model number of the fixture would allow someone to look up the replacement lamp. And yes, you could bend the tabs to allow the bulb to attach and make contact. If you do this, turn off the fixture at the breaker first. – Jeff Cates Feb 18 '18 at 4:24
  • Australia. Do you know where I can find the model number of the fixture? – user1205197 Feb 18 '18 at 4:34
  • How much force did it take to remove the old bulb? Also it appears the socket is very sensitive to left-right positioning, make sure your alignment is correct. – Harper Feb 18 '18 at 4:52
  • Model number should, if it hasn't worn off, be in the area that the lamp goes. If you can't find it, perhaps a full picture of the fixture. – Jeff Cates Feb 19 '18 at 2:39
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    Does the bulb have a plastic cap over the socket end? I looked all over the net and couldn't even find that bulb. It may be time to just replace the entire fixture with something newer. – Jeff Cates Apr 22 '18 at 18:49

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