[RFI] VLF interference Re: CFLs and LEDs

David C. Hallam dhallam at rapidsys.com
Sat Feb 7 15:02:03 EST 2009

It's not that I don't use CFL's and think they could be something 
beneficial to us all.  It's just that in my case they have not proven to 
have ANY positive benefits.

Although their cost has come down, it's still about 10X of an 
incandescent bulb.

I have replaced almost every incandescent bulb in my house with CFL's

I mark the date placed in service on each and every bulb.  So far 6 
months is about as long as one has lasted.  That's long life?

My electricity bill has NOT gone down since I started using CFL's.  As a 
matter of fact it is up slightly.  I have not added any additional 

Now I have had a CFL almost catch on fire.  What would have happened if 
no one had been home when it happened.  How could a mechanical timer 
have been at fault?

I guess I don't like the government telling me what kind of a light bulb 
I have to use.  That's too much interference in my life.  Just like 
telling me how many miles per gallon the car I drive has to get.  By the 
way I drive a diesel that gets over 30 mpg in town.

One of my favorites quotes is from Will Rogers talking about Calvin 
Coolidge.  "Old Cal didn't do much but that's all right.  That's what 
the people wanted"  Can we get another president like Calvin Coolidge? 
We want way too much from our government.


Jim Brown wrote:
> On Sat, 7 Feb 2009 12:29:10 -0600, Dale Martin wrote:
>> One lightbulb fries and suddenly it's 'the government's fault!
> Yes. I've had at least a dozen CFLs in my home for about two years. 
> No issues, no RFI. Most came from Costco, a few from a local 
> hardware store. My electricity bill is a lot lower as a result, and 
> slightly less of the beautiful mountains in my home state of West 
> Virginia (or in Kentucky, or Wyoming, or Montana, or New Mexico or 
> Pennsylvania) need to be destroyed to strip-mine the coal that 
> generates that electicity. And if you don't believe that's 
> happening, I challenge you to jump in your car and see for yourself.
> Defective products are the result of poor manufacture. Some causes 
> of the distribution of unsafe products is the emphasis by the 
> American consumer on low cost and a flashy TV ad campaign as the 
> only criteria upon which to make a purchasing decision. Another 
> cause is inadequate regulation of commerce by government, two major 
> causes of that are unfunded government agencies, and government 
> agencies filled with political appointees who don't want to enforce 
> the law. The FCC has been hampered by all of these shortcomings 
> since the days of the great "downsizing" of government nearly 30 
> years ago. I'm old enough to remember when the FCC had rules that 
> actually protected the radio spectrum, and Field Inspectors who 
> enforced those rules. 
> Jim Brown K9YC
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