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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-29-07 08:11 AM
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6. Updates - bought a bunch of them
thanks for all the advice!

Cosco had 60 watt equivalents 8 for $11, so I bought a ton and replaced most of the lights we use all the time. Also a 4 pack of 100 watt equivalents for $6.

some notes:

the 100 watt bulbs are larger than a standard light bulb, and dont fit in some table lamps.

bulbs seem dimmer at first, but warm up after a few minutes to the point where you dont notice them.

Dont put a fluorescent bulb in a light circuit that has illuminated switches. Local building code here requires switches that light up for stairway lights, which turns your light switch into a mini-night light. The constant low power over the circuit causes a fluorescent bulb to flash every couple seconds, turning your stairway into a strobe light.

and fluorescent bulbs dont seem to like being in outdoor sockets in the cold. one stopped working after an hour in 22 degrees, it was off and would not turn on.
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  -Anyone use the mini fluorescent lights? AllegroRondo  Jan-26-07 10:43 AM   #0 
  - i have switched all my lights to CFLs and love them  AZDemDist6   Jan-26-07 10:49 AM   #1 
  - No dimmers in my house!  AllegroRondo   Jan-26-07 11:08 AM   #2 
     - they do have those IIRC  AZDemDist6   Jan-26-07 11:18 AM   #3 
  - I got a six pack for about $10 at Lowes.  amerikat   Jan-27-07 04:45 AM   #4 
  - Absolutely!  enufalready   Jan-27-07 07:04 AM   #5 
  - Updates - bought a bunch of them  AllegroRondo   Jan-29-07 08:11 AM   #6 
  - as for the one in the cold, I have all my outside lights as CFLs  AZDemDist6   Jan-29-07 08:18 AM   #7 
     - thanks, I'll give it another shot.  AllegroRondo   Jan-29-07 08:35 AM   #8 
  - What brand do you recommend?  TorchesAndPitchforks   Jan-29-07 06:27 PM   #9 
  - the old style ones had some harsh light, look for a brand that says  AZDemDist6   Jan-29-07 07:28 PM   #10 
  - good tip -- I have a couple that are a very harsh, cold, gray  ima_sinnic   Feb-02-07 04:36 AM   #12 
  - Good to hear!  Blue in Portland   Feb-08-07 11:23 PM   #14 
  - Well,  Delphinus   Feb-04-07 08:02 AM   #13 
     - Can you tell me what brand, type and wattage?  TorchesAndPitchforks   Feb-15-07 08:59 PM   #15 
  - As my incandescents burn out I am converting to the CFLs  KitchenWitch   Jan-30-07 01:24 AM   #11 
  - I use them  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Feb-19-07 04:03 AM   #16 
  - Yes, I switched out almost all of them  Digit   Feb-19-07 10:39 PM   #17 
  - I have a light bulb next to my bed  roody   Feb-23-07 02:03 AM   #18 
  - Heck of a deal  progressoid   Mar-09-07 04:19 AM   #19 
  - We switched almost all our lights  gollygee   Mar-14-07 08:48 AM   #20 
  - "9 times less" what does that mean?  lumberjack_jeff   Mar-15-07 10:15 AM   #21 
  - Squirrely fluorescents are great!  Perragrande   Aug-09-07 02:48 AM   #22 
 

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