As I read it, there is not one factory in the USA that makes light bulbs. I
have had CFL's fail by the boat load so I don't buy them anymore. I wish by
all that is right, that quality goes back into light bulbs and everything
else before we are all in the dark. Yet our knowledgable Congress is going
to outlaw incandescents? Huh?You all know where our light bulbs are
My 2 cents.
----- Original Message -----
From: "K8RI" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: [RFI] The "new" light bulbs; it is accurate.
> On 3/8/2011 12:57 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
>> On 3/8/2011 9:16 AM, Warrenwolff wrote:
>>> Most of you folks know that I have real problems
>>> with these (new?) CFL light bulbs. I used a bunch
>>> of them at the San Bernardino house to find high
>>> failure rates. I was just too busy to take them
>>> back for warranty replacement. Shame on me!
>> Yes, it's important to take back defective crap and force vendors to eat
>> the loss.
>> On the other hand, I've had far better experience than you. When I moved
>> to Santa Cruz, CA from Chicago in 2006 and experienced sky-high
>> California electricity rates (more than double what I paid in Chicago),
> Early on they were expensive and we had some with short lives, but over
> the last year or two the prices have come down and they appear to be
> lasting longer than the incandescents did. We've replaced all of the
> screw in incandescent lights with CFLs. No RFI and no noticed RFI when
> one failed. That could change with the next one I purchase. Who knows
> what the future will bring?
> We have a minimum of 24 with 4 of those being 200 to 250 equivalents out
> in the garage where it gets Cold! Even then it only takes a minute or
> two for them to come up to full brilliance at zero F. From mid spring to
> mid fall they are pretty much instant on. OTOH their lives are notably
> shorter than the others.
> CFLs are not for where they will be turned on and off a lot. IOW if you
> leave the room and are coming back with in 10 minutes, leave it/them
> on. A lot of short term cycling is likely to drastically reduce their
> lives, just as it does with regular fluorescents.
> Keeping the short term cycling to a minimum could/might keep the RFI
> down as well
> I do get the occasional "buzz" when a conventional 8' 75W tube fails out
> in the shop. OTOH because of the flickering it'd get changed anyway. A
> failed ballast can get downright noisy. BTW I have 22 8' tubes and 11
> ballasts out there.
> Roger (K8RI)
>> I replaced at least a dozen incandescent bulbs with CFLs. So far
>> (nearly five years), I have not had a single failure, nor have I
>> experienced any RF noise. I haven't done the arithmetic, but rough
>> estimates suggest that the savings on my PG&E bill are pretty close to
>> off-setting what I paid for the bulbs.
>> 73, Jim K9YC
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