[RFI] Can Fluorescent bulbs cause RFI problems?

Wes Attaway (N5WA) n5wa at sport.rr.com
Mon Sep 26 00:06:57 EDT 2005

Go purchase $50 worth of those things and try them.  

Aside from the RFI question, my wife and I decided to not put a single
fluorescent bulb in our new house.  The reason being that they really
badly fade colors of just about anything they shine on.  This includes
photos, artwork, various fabrics, book covers ..... you name it.

They may make the electric bill a bit smaller but for me the downside
isn't worth it.

-----Original Message-----
From: rfi-bounces at contesting.com [mailto:rfi-bounces at contesting.com] On
Behalf Of Scott Neader KA9FOX
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:32 PM
To: rfi at contesting.com
Subject: [RFI] Can Fluorescent bulbs cause RFI problems?

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
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
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
would be appreciate.  I'll also try some tests with the existing bulbs
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
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
be seeing a lot of posts if these things were causing RFI problems...
maybe I'm the only ham to be dumb enough to bring them into the house?

- Scott KA9FOX

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