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Re: [RFI] CFL Bulbs that are OK!

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Subject: Re: [RFI] CFL Bulbs that are OK!
From: Joe <wa6rkn@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 23:37:24 -0800
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5-6 years ago, I bought a houseful of CFL's (Got a sizeable rebate from the 
power company.  I bought them at Home Depot and paid a small fortune for 

Within the 1st month, almost 50% of them had failed and by the end of the 
year, they were all gone.

Welp..a year ago, there was another big push to go CFL's and this time, our 
power company was handing them out, free....so, I gave them a 'number 
needed' count and replaced all the incandescents again..I did tell the power 
company about my earlier experience with them and was assured the quality of 
"this generation" of CFL was much higher, from durability, to coming to full 
brightness more quickly, and, more natural light..not that disgusting pink 
glow the old ones gave off.
Long story short, I put them all in, and now a year later, they are all gone 

They simply aren't worth the money, in my book.

I have replaced some of the more heavily lit areas with new LED lights and 
so far, been happy with them, other than the ridiculous price they are 
getting for them, even from a discount lighting supplier like 1000bulb.com.

BTW..I have never experienced any RFI from any of the bulbs...Not that I 
could tell on 40, my background white noise runs to 30 over in the mid to 
early afternoon..only time it is quiet is from around 3 am, or so, to 
9-10am.  It is not coming from my house...I turned off the power to the 
house and ran the radio on a battery and noise is till there....60 and 17 
are quiet and that is where I hang out mostly, so no real complaints.

Joe Wolfe
Reno, Nevada

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy" <ingraham.ma.ultranet@rcn.com>
Subject: Re: [RFI] CFL Bulbs that are OK!

>> My CFL's in bathroom have a short lifespan.
> That's interesting.
> Recently (a year or two ago?) I put CFLs in a half bath, two over the
> mirror and one in the ceiling fixture.  All of them are inverted.  The
> ones over the mirror were too bright (noticeably MORE than their
> stated equivalent) and I had to drop down another size.  The one in
> the ceiling fixture is a higher wattage bulb and enclosed inside a
> glass sphere ... four strikes against it.  I thought it would be an
> interesting experiment to see if they last.  (So far, no smoke.)
> I think they are all Sylvania bulbs.
> It's a half-bath so not high humidity.

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