There must have been some improvements in CFL's recently. We have a light
fixture in the den that has 4 bulbs. Our line voltage runs about 126V and I
was replacing incandescent bulbs at the rate of 1 every 2 weeks. I switched
to CFL's and the replacement rate dropped but was still maybe 1 a month.
When Wal-Mart started pushing the GE brand of CFL's back in the Spring at an
attractive price, I replaced all the existing ones with the GE brand. So
far I have yet to have to replace one.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
> Behalf Of jeremy-ca
> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 10:20 AM
> To: email@example.com; W0UN -- John Brosnahan
> Subject: Re: [Amps] higher v.??
> I'm sure that there are several versions made in several plants.
> Some good,
> some bad. The ones I have take about 30 seconds to get full
> brilliance and
> are somewhat close to the color of incadescents but I've no way to check
> spectrum. I've seen others that are instant on and a brilliant
> white, almost
> too intense.
> I must be getting old, the count is actually 10. I forgot the
> ones I put in
> the attics and the furnace/ well tank sub basement a few years ago. The
> house is 80' long and built in 3 stages/levels from 1836 to 1989 when I
> moved here.
> I dont remember the brand on the display card but they were from
> China and
> cost under a buck a lamp in packs of 4 bulbs.
> An added bonus is that they lessen the load on the generator when
> the power
> goes out should you happen to be set up that way.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "W0UN -- John Brosnahan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:44 AM
> Subject: Re: [Amps] higher v.??
> >>You pay a fair amount more up-front for the CFL bulbs and I have seen
> >>nowhere near the lifetime they are claiming. They blow around here all
> >>of the time and I would be surprised if I was getting a year on average
> >>for the CFLs. Granted, my line voltage is high -- about 125 -- but then
> >>many people have that high of line voltage.
> >>We had one that had burned out a few days ago but it was in a bvanity
> >>fixture of 3 bulbs in the bathroom my wife uses and my wife never
> >>it to me. Last night it decided to start stinking up the place with a
> >>bad burned-up electronics smell. So when they burn out you
> really need to
> >>remove them ASAP, unlike incandescent bulbs.
> > As a follow up. Just had two more CFLs die tonight -- AFTER I
> wrote the
> > above
> > note. A fixture of three of them had been on much of the day while I
> > worked under
> > them. Turned them off for a half hour or so and when I turned them
> > back on, two of
> > them were out and one of the dark ones started smoking and stinking.
> > Quickly
> > shut of the light switch and pulled the two bad ones before the
> smoke and
> > smell
> > got any worse.
> > I am starting to get paranoid about leaving them on while I am
> gone. We
> > did
> > have a "good" lightning storm today but they functioned just fine for
> > a number of
> > hours after the storm was over, so I find it hard to make some sort
> > of connection
> > to the lightning.
> > FWIW--John W0UN
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