This post is not about using a CFL in a touch sensitive lamp, but
about the two sharing the same room!
I recently installed a CFL bulb in a ceiling fixture of a bedroom that
also has a touch sensitive 3 way lamp plugged into a wall outlet. The
touch sensitive lamp was turned on while I replaced the ceiling bulb.
As soon as I turned on the ceiling fixture at the wall switch both the
CFL bulb and the touch lamp started freaking out - flickering
strongly, the touch lamp cycled through its brightness levels. Within
about 30 seconds the CFL went out and never came back on.
I've Googled to find information about what happened but couldn't find
any information about using a CFL and a touch sensitive lamp in the
same room. Is there something wrong with the wiring in the room? HAs
anyone ever heard of anything like this before?
Ah! Another source of RFI (Radio frequency interference)? While I
always find these technological clashes somewaht humorous there is/are
serious side/s to it.
Wondering if the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the USA
and the equivalent agencies in other countries have standards for not
radiating undue radio-noise. Beginning to suspect there are none or
that those existing are not enforced. So some cheap lamps, say, are
imported and don't meet any particular standards? nd hen it comes to
something like that I don't think we can depend on ToysR'Us to recall
like whenthey find lead paint on something?
Seems like in some circumstances we are getting smothered with extra
technology which in turn interferes with existing services.
In Austria some time back a Civil Defense exercise had to cancelled
because their power company was trying out digital Internet signals
over it's power lines. Which were radiating at all sorts of
frequencies interfering with ambulance radios, some times used to
transmit patients vital signs while being ambulance transported! (e.g.
DOA; cause of death = radio interference from .......????) Also local
radio broadcasts to advise public of that exercise may have been
interfered with? So it was cancelled; fortunately not the real thing,
eh? I believe the power company was later enjoined (ordered) not to
repeat the tests because the RFI problems caused could affect daily
Quite apart from smart-touch lamps, that aren't so smart? All those
digital signals and satellites TV feeds are going to goof up one of
these days! (e.g. Sorry your brain scan is unresolved and must be
repeated; two satellites were in conjunction and the resulting
interference, just on our little patch of the planet, for just that
period of time you were in the MRI makes it unreadable).
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 10:24:04 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
A touch lamp is a dimmer. You CAN NOT put a standard CFL on a dimmer.
Thats what ruined it. As for the ceiling light causing the problems,
I'd agree with the other replies. Yet, you CAN NOT put a CFL on any
dimmer and you ruined the bulb doing so.
you didn't comprehend what he wrote;
"I recently installed a CFL bulb in a ceiling fixture of a bedroom that
also has a touch sensitive 3 way lamp plugged into a wall outlet.
He didn't have the CFL in the touch-lamp.
It's probably that the touch-lamp is overly sensitive to the EMI from the
CFL. Those lamps are flaky at best,IMO.
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