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Old 12-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #21
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we did the whole CFL thing when we bought this house. I said "Honey, how is Canadian football going to light our house?" We're now doing the LED's, Slowly...I put some of the CFL's In the Office/Studio..which I have been in Barely 6 times since May.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #22
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try it in a different outlet for a bit that is on a different circuit. i still think something is up with your outlet or the lamp
If there was a problem with the outlet ie: a short would blow the breaker not the bulb no ?
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If there was a problem with the outlet ie: a short would blow the breaker not the bulb no ?
Thats a good question and a notewothy point! Mostly yes. Some newer outlets are now referred to as Devices because they have some form of active circuitry for remote switching, dimming, smoothing, suppressing and some even have USB power supplies built in (I love those, got one in my kitchen, works great for cells and IPAD). Those devices can do things bad other than blow breakers or just not work at all. They transform power and sometimes they modify properties that dont do devices plugged in any favors. Worth checking if your popping bulbs but my bet is the bulbs just equally sucked.
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Most of the time when bulbs blow out fast the ground is not making a good connection. I would use an ohm meter to check the ground in the lamp for continuity.

I put CFL bulbs under the carport and other places where lights are left on all night. The bulbs under the carport have been there for over 5 years without a failure. You can get mini CFL bulbs for your lamp at a reasonable price.

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I have not tried the leds, the cfls I can't stand. I have some can lights above the island in my kitchen, I replaced a couple of the bulbs with the so called comparable cfls, the difference in the amount of light in fixtures about 4' apart is huge. Going back to real light bulbs for as long as I can get them.

I did the same thing in my den replaced the 2 60 watt bulbs in the ceiling fixture with the cfl equivalent, I can't read in that room now without the desk lamp turned on.
When we ought this house in 2011, we replaced a lot of bulbs with CFLs. Then recently we replaced two CFLs in can lights in the kitchen with LEDs (one over the sink, one over the main island workspace). Holy Moly!! What a huge difference in light quality, the LED makes a circle of brightness!

Also put one in the stairwell. Will do more as funds allow.
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If there was a problem with the outlet ie: a short would blow the breaker not the bulb no ?
I've seen just plain weird things with electricity in the past. I had a house that would have trace voltage on several circuits, where you would still see 15-20 volts AC even with the breaker off. These circuits would also kill CFL bulbs pretty quickly.

When I said a short, I should have been more generic and said perhaps its an issue with the circuit rather then the bulb that is the source of the problem.
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I've seen just plain weird things with electricity in the past. I had a house that would have trace voltage on several circuits, where you would still see 15-20 volts AC even with the breaker off. These circuits would also kill CFL bulbs pretty quickly.

When I said a short, I should have been more generic and said perhaps its an issue with the circuit rather then the bulb that is the source of the problem.
What you are seeing is feedback which is the precursor of the breaker failing. I had the same issue with the breaker on my pump. When I was trying to troubleshoot the issue I got lit up pretty good. One side of a double pole breaker was not shutting off. I got hit with a full 110 charge while standing in the mud.
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And don't forget the LED's on the outside. I replaced my motion detector security lights with the LED's.....same benefit, long lasting, bright, low operating costs. No more guilt of using electricity if you like the dusk to dawn feature....
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I've just replaced most of my house bulbs, inside and out, with LED's. They are so much better than the CFL's which take time to "warm up".

Yes, they are expensive as mentioned above, but the light is bright and instantaneous, and most of the bulbs consume less than $1.50 per year to operate, and have 50,000 hour lives. Love them.

How many of you have CFL tactical lights on your guns?
I'll have to look into LED's My house is mostly lit with CFL's. The one in the bathroom takes minutes to get to full brightness. I consider it a bonus as there is no shock on my eyes in the middle of the night or when I first wake up. LOL But they are not bright enough for me, especially in the kitchen.

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I have a stash of 100 watt incandescent light bulbs!
Buahahaha!!
I have quite a stash of incandscent bulb, too. My kids laugh at me. I have a contractor's box of 60 watt and 100 watt. I don't use CFL's outside because it gets very cold here in the winter. I use the incandescents on any outside or garage fixture.
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I've seen just plain weird things with electricity in the past. I had a house that would have trace voltage on several circuits, where you would still see 15-20 volts AC even with the breaker off. These circuits would also kill CFL bulbs pretty quickly.

When I said a short, I should have been more generic and said perhaps its an issue with the circuit rather then the bulb that is the source of the problem.
Trace voltages can come from live lines running beside the one thats switched off. you may have 20 volts AC but I bet you couldnt light a flashlight bulb with that because its just induced, no real current behind it, you can check that by plugging an incandescent lamp into the outlet, it shouldnt light even a little and when you put your meter on the leads, you will find no AC trace above millivolts .

If you shut the breaker off and you still get anywhere near 110V, pull the breaker, its welded! If you still do, you got problems, get an electrician!
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