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Re: [TowerTalk] CF Bulbs

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] CF Bulbs
From: "David Calder" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:45:19 -0400
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I bought the GE at Sam's Club also. They were installed in a ceiling fan
here in the shack.

I heard a "POP", looked up and saw green/yellow smoke coming out around the
base just
before I saw the flames coming out from around it. Needless to say, I'm not
willing to
loose a house over being "green".

73 Dave


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Phil Camera
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:27 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] CF Bulbs

My experience is as follows:

I've replaced a number a incandescent bulbs in the house and especially in
and near the radio shack and have not had a problem.  Those bulbs are the 8
to a pack GE styles from Sams Club.  

Now, I've done the same with the same bulbs on the two outdoor lights with
photoeyes.  On older photoeye units, these bulbs just burned out within a
week or so (they are specifically not rated for photoeyes or dimmers).  This
past summer I replaced these two outdoor fixtures with new that had a
different type of photoeye (replacement was due to old fixture starting to
look beat up).  I again tried these same CF bulbs and they have lasted for a
long time......but

The new problem I experienced is that when these came on and stayed on, RFI
wiped out the AM radio (and most likely up into the amateur bands).

I did an internet search and only found CF bulbs specifically rated for use
with dimmers (none stated for use with photoeyes but I thought the issues
were the same).  I bought a few of these dimmer rated CFs and installed
these and no more RFI.  Gone.

So if you are having interference issues with CFs; you may wish to try
obtaining dimmer rated CFs and gives those a try.

Phil - KB9CRY
Lockport, IL

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