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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:37 pm

Another Ebay scam on 60 light bulbs;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/181297286239?lpid=82

Our local Lowes store has a huge skid of these 16-pack 60 watt bulbs for $6.98 per pack!

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:50 am

It looks like some scalpers trolling for agoraphobiacs. Looking at the bulb sections of various stores i see that CFL's are slowly displacing the full size bulbs, but the shelves aren't trashed nor empty nor pricey.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:52 am

What a ripoff!!!!

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Post by Dr. Radio on Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:05 pm

I grabbed my fill....

These are US made double life bulbs. I'm not one of those people who will accept the ultra cheap X-pack Chinese made bulbs that are coming in by the pallet load now to empty warehouse stock.

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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:42 pm

I use cheap CFL's for the most part anymore bc most of my fixtures are up high and i hate climbing on a chair or stool to change bulbs. I've had 1 out of 3 23 watt daylight bulbs last for about 3 years, I purchased from Menards. It is in use everyday for at least 6 hours a day. The rest are el cheapo walmart 2/$0.88 that have the plastic shell to make them look like an incandescent and 4/$0.88 normal cfl's of the same brand. They all seem to last for sometime and do epic failures either. They just flicker or flash and theyre done. I've had a unknown brand CFL in my room that lasted about 2 years, the current one is around a year old. If i could afford it, i would switch over to all halogen. The ones that screw into the socket like a normal bulb. They are a 20-30% brighter and last a long time. Then i would have 300 watt halogen fixtures on the front and back of my house.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:28 am

Maybe you'll like climbing the chairs when the cfl's burn out, and, sometimes catch fire.
Then, you get to do electrical repairs, and, possibly repainting, as well.
Enjoy your cfl's..........

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Post by N7ZAL on Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:34 am

Looks like they might have a fighting chance? http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/01/16/congress-offers-glimmer-hope-for-incandescent-light-bulb/
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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:39 am

I'm still hoarding incandescents, and, using them.

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Post by N7ZAL on Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:22 pm

I'm still hoarding incandescents, and, using them.

Hoping to be on a "Storage Wars" segment?  Wink Wink Laughing 
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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:18 pm

I don't know about anyone else but..........I only replace one or two bulbs a year. At 64 years of age how many bulbs do I need? Not many! Do the math, then enjoy the time and money you have left some other way!  Wink 

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:47 am

That works for me!
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Post by terrydec on Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:41 pm

It's my understanding that a bulb the equivalent of a 75 watt incandescent will be $45 and the buyer will see a saving in 9 years.  It was in an old Pop.Sci.  that I threw away.
Plus, if you are a photographer there is no way that any florescent will equal the heat, or lumens if you prefer. needed for decent indoor color.  I just finished putting together a dimmer board and I'm stocking up on floods.
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:23 pm

Long time no see, welcome back! My little collectiom of bulbs are 3-ways. I hope just enough to tide me over until LED's get both bright and cheap.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:36 pm

I need to get a couple of mogul base 3 way bulbs for my floor lamp. Hard to find now!

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Do they still make the adapters to use standard base bulbs in mogul fixtures? I remember the hardware store I worked in as a youth carried them.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:53 pm

That's interesting, the hardware store I worked in while in high school used to sell them too. They worked for a regular bulb but not a 3 way. You could put them in a 3 way mogul socket but had to use a single wattage bulb.


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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:58 pm

Here's a link that might be useful for anyone with a mogul base lamp;

http://www.conservationmart.com/blog/index.php/mogul-base-lights-bulbs-what-are-they/

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Post by terrydec on Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:13 pm

A brief  run around the internet will reveal some interesting results.  The amount of money saved per month will be miniscule compared to the cost of the CLF bulb.  One might, with as magnifier, notice a difference. Compare the the cost of the bulb, from $6 to $75 per- and the savings get more interesting.
Also CLF bulbs DO burn out.  In my old building the landlord would replace one ever couple of months. Oh, don't forget the ingredients of those bulbs.  They have a circuit board and if it shorts out, (a common occurrence), they smell like burning wool, i.e. horrible.
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:18 pm

I've had to retire 3 CFL's they didn't burn but got so dim and flickered so badly, it was time. I had one to just fail. I can only assume the generator went bad. That was one I had used glass down. I try to have the glass up or to the side. They seem to last a long time that way. The reason I look forward to the LED's is because they seem to have a good color spectrum and when they are configured brightly, they are as intense as high intensity halogen bulbs. I need that when I read or work.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:31 pm

Halogen lighting hurts my eyes.

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