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Re: [RFI] CFL Bulbs that are OK!

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Subject: Re: [RFI] CFL Bulbs that are OK!
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <k8ri@rogerhalstead.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2010 04:15:16 -0500
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On 12/3/2010 8:58 AM, Michael Coslo wrote:
> On Dec 2, 2010, at 8:54 PM, Gary Joe Mayfield wrote:
>> I've enjoyed the topic....  CFLs are supposed to be kept vertical.  Are
>> people replacing their light fixtures?  My home has light fixtures that hold
>> two bulbs up against the ceiling.  The CFLs did not last as long as
>> incandescent bulbs in this horizontal arrangement.
>> Many of our rooms have ceiling fans (to save energy).  Has anyone found a
>> CFL that is recommended for that service?
> THe XYL replaced the incandescent bulbs in our living room fan with CFL's. 
> That didn't work too well - after a couple minutes, they started strobing on 
> and off. It turns out that the fan uses some circuitry to keep regular bulbs 
> from burning out, it brings the voltage up slowly, and the fluorescents must 
> hate that.
There is a fan/light in my wife's office that uses 4 CFLs with no 
noticeable effect.  They''ve been running about a year and a half now.


Roger (K8RI)
> In out kitchen, we have two fans, with CFL's in each. These ones work just 
> fine, but the particular bulbs we have in them now take too long to come to 
> full brightness - around a minute. But the light fixture in those fans takes 
> the smaller base bulb, so there selection is limited.
> The Hallway to my office has a fan with CFL's, and it's been going for some 3 
> years now with no problem.
> Each fixture has the bulbs upside down and at an angle, but I don't think 
> that's been harming anything.
> She also snuck in a CFL lamp  in the shack. That one is sitting two feet from 
> my radio, and tests show no  interference from it. I used both my ears and a 
> waterfall display from a sound card program.
>> For me I need about 2000 hours out of the CFL to break even....  I have
>> tried it, they don't last that long.
> I also have enjoyed this thread. The good news is that we are getting a lot 
> of comparison points. The not so good is that they are all over the place 
> regarding noise, warmup, and cold weather operation.
> Is anyone keeping track of all this?
> - 73 de Mike N3LI -
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