[RFI] CFLs and LEDs

PaulKB8N at aol.com PaulKB8N at aol.com
Sun Feb 1 13:22:46 EST 2009

I've started accumulating burned out CFLs whose lifetime was far less than  
what was advertised.  I'm inclined to put them in a box and mail them to  
Congress and let them figure out how to dispose of them.
Paul, k5AF
In a message dated 2/1/2009 11:23:22 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
ingraham.ma.ultranet at rcn.com writes:

I've  enjoyed the discussions about compact fluorescents, even if they
sometimes  digressed from the topic of RFI.

Another resource I just came across,  which others might enjoy too,  is:

and some of the pages  under it, including:
http://members.misty.com/don/f-lamp.html (Sam's F-Lamp  FAQ)
http://members.misty.com/don/cfapp.html (where to use / not use  CFLs)

I only just scanned a little, but it looks to have a lot  of helpful
information about CFLs, why some brands go bad, etc.  RFI  is mentioned, but
not extensively.

Also there's some info. about  bright LEDs too.

(FYI, I have now concluded that "Lights of America"  should be avoided at all
costs.  We just had a non-compact fluorescent  fixture of theirs go bad, and
it appears to be the ballast, which may be a  failure mode of many of their
non-compact fluorescents.  My personal  experience with a couple other LOA
lamps has been similarly poor.   This fixture got maybe a few hundred hours
total use, but is no longer  under warranty, and the model is discontinued.
Home Depot apparently  stopped carrying LOA because of their  lousy


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