I too, have noticed that 194's are not made the same as they used to be (what is the same as it used to be?). My Snap-On test light takes this bulb. When it went out, I bought a package of 194's. I mean, what could be different, right? When I put the test light back together, the bulb broke...too long! Ughh! That old adage, nothing is as good as it used to be now applies to 194 bulbs, it seems.