[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] solar power for all our gadgets

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 21:46:30 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM, John Finlay <finlay at moeraki.com> wrote:
> John Drescher wrote:
>>> The other issue people casually forget, is that CFLs really are not a
>>> direct
>>> replacement for incandescent bulbs in many situations. They are really
>>> slow
>>> to start, and then need to warm up before they give a usable amount of
>>> light
>>> - though that varies with make. Sometimes I can walk into a room, do
>>> whatever it was I needed the light for, and leave - before the CFL lights
>>> have got around to doing something useful.
>> I hate that. I have these in the main hallway (indoor 75W spot light
>> replacements) and it takes them minutes before they emit useful light
>> and by that time I am already up the stairs and through the walkway
>> and to my room and I usually turn them off before they come on fully.
>> I installed them for the heat savings but I may end up replacing them
>> with incandescents because of this feature. The second thing I hate
>> about these CFLs is the 13W to 20W that they are is in no way as much
>> light as the incandescent they replace so I end up sometimes having to
>> use more bulbs or some other solutions to get more light (since it is
>> sometimes difficult to find larger bulbs in the style I need).
>> _____________
> My electric utility sent some Niagara Conservation EarthBrite CFLs out to
> encourage conservation. They are instant start with full light output right
> off the bat. Not dimmable though.

BTW, The ones I have are the C(something) Electric ones you get at Home Depot.


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