[RFI] Can Fluorescent bulbs cause RFI problems?
Scott Neader KA9FOX
ka9fox at qth.com
Sun Sep 25 23:31:42 EDT 2005
Hey guys. I started getting on this kick of replacing our lights in the
house with Fluorescent equivalents, to obviously save money and do a little
thing to conserve energy. I've replaced about 25 so far. They were the
60w and 100w basic light bulb equivalents. I started looking into
replacements for some of our most used 65w and 75w floods & reflectors in
the recessed cans around the house when... whoa, what am I
doing?!?!?! Could this be a potential RFI problem?
I searched the archives on this reflector, but not seeing much. Any input
would be appreciate. I'll also try some tests with the existing bulbs and
see what I can hear, if anything.
FYI, what got me going on this was that I seem to be seeing these things
everywhere I look. Home Depot sells a 6 pack of the 60w fluorescent light
bulbs for $9.95 a pack, and I just picked up a 6 pack of 100w bulbs for
$15.50 at Sam's Club today. The draw to saving 75% of the electricity
costs and lasting 4-7 years is certainly interesting. I would think we'd
be seeing a lot of posts if these things were causing RFI problems... but
maybe I'm the only ham to be dumb enough to bring them into the house?
- Scott KA9FOX
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