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Post by N7ZAL on Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:06 pm

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:23 pm

Rush has a nice forum to sell ones' wares. Looks like the guy has a niche market all sewn up.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:33 pm

Despite all the hoopla, I've still been successful getting regular incandescants. I was that "weird guy buying" in Walmart in the lightbulb isle before they reduced the incandescent availability significantly.

They're still out there, you just need to know where to look. There are many instances CFLs will never be allowed--garage door openers (due to wide temperature swings and the vibration), the little bulbs that light up the inside of your oven and micro, etc. etc.

And here's a horror story. My sister was at the right place in the right time when one of her wonderful FEIT brand CFLs malfunctioned and started burning where the sprial tube meets the base. The horrid smell sickened one of her cats and luckily was shut off before the thing blew (it put on quite a strobe light show).  I do not "allow" any CFLs in my house. What a wonderful device--contains mercury, causes RF interference on AM band, puts out harsh colored light and emits excessive UV rays to damage plastic coloring and (your skin?).....
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Post by N7ZAL on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:14 pm

I "think" I read that only 60 and 40 watters will be illegal?
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:16 pm

Just another thing that the rest of the world can have, that is denied us by those who believe they know better.
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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:38 pm

N7ZAL wrote:I "think" I read that only 60 and 40 watters will be illegal?


I've seen something new, I believe it was a 73 watt incandescent bulb where the lumens were close to the standard 100 watt bulb. But it is true, the 100 and 75 watt bulbs have been pulled and the 40's and 60's are OK for now.

I have a nice brass floor lamp which has a 3 way 100, 200, 300 watt mogal base bulb. I found 2 of them a few years ago, but can't find any more.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:15 am

We have coach lights on our garage door that come on from dusk to dawn, per the HOA's guidelines. I have an incandescent 60 watt bulb in one and an equivalent CFL in the other. The incandescent bulb has been there at least two years, while I have changed the CFL three times. I noticed when I got up this morning, that the CFL bulb is out again. I realize that this is not laboratory controlled scientific experiment, but it is my experience.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:59 pm

I can still buy 75 watt, 100 watt, 25 watt, 40 watt, 60 watt, and, two sizes of three way bulbs. I bought more yesterday. Plan on adding more next month... I have many in a hall closet, and, two boxes full in living room.
I hate cfl's.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Admittedly, that store has raised the roof on prices. That has me pissed off. I'd buy many more if they hadn't.

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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:58 pm

Personally I don't see the point in buying up many of the old bulbs. I believe the price of electricity in the future will force all of us to use CFL's or LED's. I don't think anyone will want to pay the price to operate the old incandescent bulbs.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:45 pm

Those huge solar panels are prevalent here in the sunny southwest. Those things are EXPENSIVE. It wouldn't pay me to install them, but lots of people out here heat their pools with solar and it also runs the pool motor. People will pay lots of money to save a little. I don't see it, myself. I just get the power bill, gripe about it, and write the check. What else can you do? I buy all the incandescent bulbs I can find at auctions. We have enough now do last us several lifetimes. CFL's are costly, noisy and don't last very long. I don't figure they save any money in the long run. Our HOA REQUIRES them in our coach lights. The best move may be to can the HOA, huh?

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:52 pm

I use 1 BA CFL as an away light on a timer. I keep the glass end up and use it in a open top globe. I have used the same type bulb in a swag lamp and inverted. it didn't last quite as long, and it is the only one I have had that failed. I know they aren't home illumination lamps, but My Christmas lights are LED's. They are multicolored and are 5mm half capsule shaped. they are the most vivid and bright bulbs I've ever had. They are about 5 years old and I got'm half price a couple of days after Christmas,
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Post by N7ZAL on Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:56 pm

The regular bulbs can be used as a heat source, are good dummy loads, etc. The color of the light they emit is different also. Suspect there are advantages for some situations, but people will adapt.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:39 pm

Not me. I'm happy with incandescent. Light from others hurts my eyes. That's only one of my complaints.

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Post by N7ZAL on Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:07 pm

I'm happy with incandescent. Light from others hurts my eyes. That's only one of my complaints.

Excellent point, Bill. I wonder if there have been any studies about the vision differences for various people? Personally I like the incandescent bulbs for oil painting, for example. Totally different spectrum.

You might have hit on an idea worth studying. Not to mention the CFL's probably burn out your retina over time.  Shocked 
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Post by Motorola man on Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:43 pm

I made the switch to CFLs several years ago and have had mixed results. It seems that the lights that I use the least burn out quicker than the ones that stay on for long periods. I have two on the front porch that stay on all night, every night. They've been out there for more than five years. As for interference, yes I've had that issue a few times at work but not at home.

As far as task (work bench) lighting goes, I've tried everything and I think that I've finally found what works best for me. I like BRIGHT light on my bench, so I got three LED spot lights designed for snow plows. They weren't cheap, but since I'm at the bench all day, it was worth it. Most of the time I only turn two of them on.
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Post by Steve Johnson on Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:32 am

I went to Lowes today to buy two new appliance bulbs for the refrigerator. They did not have the 40 watt incandescent bulbs in white so I asked the guy if he could check to see if they had any anywhere else. He suggested I spend $14 each for a couple of LED bulbs because they would save me money after a couple years of use. I said that that would be great except I did not think the fridge would keep things cold with the door open all the time.

If it takes two years of use to make up the difference in price and cost of operation between an LED and incandescent and my fridge is open an average of five minutes a day it would take me 288 years to break even.
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Post by Ron Pond on Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:36 am

75X11 wrote:Just another thing that the rest of the world can have, that is denied us by those who believe they know better.

We haven't had any incandescent bulbs here (except for specialist applications) for 4 years, thanks to the mung bean tree huggers that had the ear of our previous leftist government.

I stockpiled enough bulbs to last us for years.

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:45 am

Sorry to hear about that. I hope I have enough 3-ways to bridge the gap until a suitable LED equivalent comes along.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:47 am

That has been one of my concerns along with IV rays, and, the obvious much higher voltage... They claim to have come up with "softer" colors, but, I just plain don't like them. They go bad quicker than incandescent bulbs, they are more dangerous with the chemicals inside, and, are you aware we are supposed to call hazzmatt to get rid of these????
Expense adds in there as well.. Man, do they cost here in Florida.....

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:19 pm

EPA clean up procedures for CFL's;

http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl#instructions

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Post by Guest on Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:22 pm

Here comes the scalpers;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-GE-Reveal-100-Watt-Incandescent-Light-Bulbs-/231121765768?pt=US_Light_Bulbs&hash=item35cfee4588

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Post by Guest on Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:24 pm

Here's another;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-8-Pack-100-Watt-Soft-White-Sylvania-DOUBLE-LIFE-A19-Incandescent-Light-Bulb-/121070400826?pt=US_Light_Bulbs&hash=item1c305bb53a


This is just plain crazy!

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Post by Bill Cahill on Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:49 pm

Scalpers, without a doubt.............

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Post by N7ZAL on Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:01 pm

Guess it is the "new" gold.  Rolling Eyes 
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