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Re: [RFI] How cost effective -- and safe -- are CFL bulbs anyway?

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Subject: Re: [RFI] How cost effective -- and safe -- are CFL bulbs anyway?
From: "W2RU - Bud Hippisley" <W2RU@frontiernet.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 22:28:49 -0400
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My kitchen ceiling utilizes five 75-watt indoor "floods" and my radio room
uses two, also.

A year or two ago I bought two low-wattage replacement fluorescent floods
for the ones in my radio room, since I was looking for a brighter, whiter
light where I do a lot of reading and detail writing/drawing.  Depening on
how they worked out, it was my intention to then fill the kitchen sockets
with them, too.  I'm not sure if the bulbs I bought were what you guys are
calling CFLs or not, but I think they were around 17 watts each.  Since
they're indoor flood replacements, I have to assume they were designed for
base-high mounting.

Three problems with them caused me to revert to standard incandescent

1.  They took "forever" to get up to useable brilliance.
2.  They didn't even last a year before I had to replace one of the two.
3.  One day I realized that the rough drifting signals I was hearing on 80
meters disappeared when I turned my radio room light switch off.

I'm back to incandescent bulbs now.

Bud, W2RU  

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