At 07-02-09 07:08, you wrote:
>I just had another interesting experience with a CFL. I have a lamp in
>the den with a CFL. It is on a mechanical timer to come on in the
>evening and go off after about 5 hours. Last night my wife was sitting
>near the lamp when it came on. She called to me saying the light is
>smoking. The electronic ballast unit was hot and smoking. Now, no harm
>done other than scratch one CFL, but what if no one had been home when
>This and their terribly short life are the reasons I hate CFL's.
>"Another fine mess you've gotten us into Ollie" Whoops my mistake It's
>our government and Al Gore that got us into this.
My sentiments exactly -- although I think CFLs are improving, both in
lifetime and in less smoke-generating potential. The last ones I got
seem to be doing much better than the ones I have previously
purchased over the years.
These are the new format with the thinner tubes. And their light
color is better as well. I got the new format ones at
Walmart. Seems about 20% of their CFLs are now the NEW ones. Oh,
and the base is smaller so that they fit more of the fixtures that
would not take the fat-based ones.
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