The VW Bug, Bus, Karmann and Type 3 have a simple electric system and they need only a few vintage VW light bulbs.

Osram, Philips and Fischer produced the vintage VW light bulbs for the headlights, parking lights, semaphore turn signal lights, speedometer instruments lights, dome light, license plate light, stop and tail lights.

Sometimes it’s hard to get the old 6V bulbs, in particular if you need them right now. 50 Years ago, you just had to stop at the fuel station. I drove once 50 kilometer to get a 6V 35W headlight bulb for my bug. I would recommend that you put some spare bulbs or even better, a bulb replacement box, in your glove box.

Below you see scanned catalog pages from 1950, 1955 and 1965 with information about the 6V and 12V vintage VW bulbs for Oval Bug, T1 T2 Bus, Karmann Ghia and Type 3.

Bulbs for VW Bug with 6 Volt from Osram and Philips :

Headlights (Scheinwerfer): 6V 35/35W / Osram 7324, Philips 6728
Parking Lights (Scheinwerfer Standlicht): 6V 4W / Osram 6892, Philips 6929
Stop / Tail Lights (Brems-Schlussleuchte): 6V 18/5W / Osram 7230, Philips 6517
Stop / Tail Lights (Brems-Schlussleuchte): 6V 20/5W / Osram 7440, Philips 6500
License Plate Light (Kennzeichenleuchte): 6V 5W / Osram 5006, Philips 6821
Instrument Dash Lights (Kontrollampen): 6V 1,2W / Osram 3799, Philips 6829
Interior Dome Light (Innenleuchte): 6V 10W / Osram 6450, Philips 6866
Semaphore Light (Winkerleuchte): 6V 3W / Osram 6427, Philips 6227
Direction Indicator Turn Signal Light (Blinkerleuchte): 6V 18W / Osram 7526, Philips 6401
Fog Light (Nebelscheinwerfer): 6V 35W / Osram 7315, Philips 6227

Headlights Bulb Bilux AS Asymetrical
Headlights Bulb Bilux AS Asymetrical (Hauptscheinwerfer, asymmetrisches Licht): 6V 45/40W / Osram 7950 (VW Nr. N177051)
Headlights Bulb Bilux AS Asymetrical (Hauptscheinwerfer, asymmetrisches Licht): 12V 45/40W / Osram 7951

VW Beetle Headlight Bulb Replacement with 6V 35/35W Osram 7324 or Philips 6728, VW owners manual 1959 VW Beetle Headlight Bulb Replacement with 6V 35/35W Osram 7324 or Philips 6728, VW owners manual 1959
VW Bug 1959 Bulb Chart, VW owners manual 1959 VW Bug 1959 Bulb Chart, VW owners manual 1959
VW Beetle Stop and Tail Light Bulb Replacement with 6V 18/5W Osram 7230 or Philips 6517, VW owners manual 1959 VW Beetle Stop and Tail Light Bulb Replacement with 6V 18/5W Osram 7230 or Philips 6517, VW owners manual 1959
VW Bug License Plate Light Bulb Replacement with 6V 5W Osram 5006 or Philips 6821, VW owners manual 1959 VW Bug License Plate Light Bulb Replacement with 6V 5W Osram 5006 or Philips 6821, VW owners manual 1959
VW Bug Warning and Instrument Light Bulb Replacement with 6V 1,2W Osram 3799 or Philips 6829, VW owners manual 1959 VW Bug Warning and Instrument Light Bulb Replacement with 6V 1,2W Osram 3799 or Philips 6829, VW owners manual 1959
VW Beetle Interior Dome Light Bulb 6V 10W Osram 6450 or Philips 6866, VW owners manual 1959 VW Beetle Interior Dome Light Bulb 6V 10W Osram 6450 or Philips 6866, VW owners manual 1959
Vintage VW Light Bulbs from Osram and Philips Bulbs for Bilux Headlights, Fog Lights, Police Fire Department Lights and Search Lamps, Catalog 1965 Page 133 Vintage VW Light Bulbs from Osram and Philips Bulbs for Bilux Headlights, Fog Lights, Police Fire Department Lights and Search Lamps, Catalog 1965 Page 133
Osram and Philips Light Bulbs for Indicator Turn Signal Lights, Stop and Tail Lights, catalog 1965, Page 134 Osram and Philips Light Bulbs for Indicator Turn Signal Lights, Stop and Tail Lights, catalog 1965, Page 134
Osram and Philips Bulbs for Instrument Dash Lights and a cool vintage Osram sale cabinet for VW Dealers, catalog 1965, Page 135 Osram and Philips Bulbs for Instrument Dash Lights and a cool vintage Osram sale cabinet for VW Dealers, catalog 1965, Page 135
Osram and Philips Bulbs for Headlight, Fog Light, Search Light, Interior Dome Light, Instrument Dash Lights and Stop / Tail Light, Catalog 1955 Page 28 Osram and Philips Bulbs for Headlight, Fog Light, Search Light, Interior Dome Light, Instrument Dash Lights and Stop / Tail Light, Catalog 1955 Page 28
Osram Bulbs for foreign (not german) cars, Osram bulb shop display for VW accessory dealers, Osram glovebox Bulb replacement box, Catalog 1955 Page 29 Osram Bulbs for foreign (not german) cars, Osram bulb shop display for VW accessory dealers, Osram glovebox Bulb replacement box, Catalog 1955 Page 29
Osram and Fischer Bulbs for Headlight, Search Light and Yellow Headlight, Catalog 1950 Page 27 Osram and Fischer Bulbs for Headlight, Search Light and Yellow Headlight, Catalog 1950 Page 27
Osram Bulbs for Stop, Parking, Interior Dome and Semaphore Lights, Catalog 1950 Page 28 Osram Bulbs for Stop, Parking, Interior Dome and Semaphore Lights, Catalog 1950 Page 28
Osram Bulb socket information, Heid Autolampen Bulb replacement box, Catalog 1950 Page 29 Osram Bulb socket information, Heid Autolampen Bulb replacement box, Catalog 1950 Page 29