[RFI] Philips Energy Saving Bulbs?

Jim Brown jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Mon Dec 4 09:09:34 EST 2006

On Sun, 03 Dec 2006 19:47:40 -0500, Eric Rosenberg wrote:

>Before I buy them, I'd like to know if anyone has experience with them 
>-- are they noise generators?

CA electrical rates are VERY high (a graduated scale that works out to 
be roughly 3X what I paid in Chicago for the same kWh). My first 
electricity bills put me in serious energy efficiency mode, and one of 
the things I needed to hit hard was lighting. I've replaced nearly all 
of my conventional incandescent light bulbs with the functional 
equivalent to what you're asking about. I bought the 75w and 100w 
equivalent bulbs that Costco is selling in packages of 4. 

When I first bought them, I listened carefully for noise on the ham 
bands and heard none. After roughly 3 months, still no problems, BUT: I 
have seen correspondence to the effect that they may get noisy over 
time. Here in CA, it seems that virtually all AC wiring is exposed (that 
is, no conduit), and none of it seems to be twisted pair, so any trash 
on the line is going to radiate.  


Jim K9YC

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