The outdoor light adjacent to my garage is burning out bulbs very
fast. It worked fine using the original bulb for more than four
years, then I noticed it would tend to go out sometimes (a light tap
on the fixture would bring it back). Eventually the bulb burned out
completely and I replaced it. The new bulb worked OK for about 6
months then began to exhibit the same behavior until it failed
completely. So I replaced the bulb again and now it's dead after just
3 days. The fixture appears to be designed for typical 60w
If it matters, there is another outdoor light on the same circuit that
does not suffer from rapid failure.
Does this sound like a short, loose wire, corrosion in the fixture?
Is excessive voltage the main thing that can burn out a bulb
Sounds like a fault in the fixture. Just what I have no idea.
I cured the 'honey, the porch light is out" calls by replacing all
yard/porch lights with compact flourescents. Changed from crawling a
ladder every 3 or 4 months to a year or more. One fixture has a bulb
that I have only replaced once in 10 years.
I hear that GE has an incandesent that is at least as efficient as a CFL...
Anyone have any details?
As efficient as CFLs are, they are relatively complicated devices. There
must be other solutions out there that doesn't involve such a complicated
device for such a simple task.
I have seen solar powered flood lights, but of course placement is sort of
critical. When you think about it, the standard incandescent is actually
very efficient compared to what was used previously. Much safer for the
environment then previous as well.
This is going to happen, and I like LEDs, but given the rate at which
LEDs have been advancing in efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness I
think it will be at least a decade before most home lighting is done with
LEDs have had incremental advances, so far almost specialty by specialty
for now. They work great in flashlights since they excel in lower wattage
battery-powered applications, and they excel in traffic signals since
incandescents are compromised in efficiency there by long-life design and
color filters removing some of their light while LEDs normally prefer to
specialize in producing colored light.
- Don Klipstein ( email@example.com)
I doubt that. But they do have a technology that is seems to be
about 25% more efficient (for the same or better life).
Unfortunately they deployed it in very few bulbs. The only ones
that I knew of were PAR38 outdoor flood and T3 quartz halogen bulb
to replace 300 watt (used only 225 and put out same light).
Unfortunately, neither seems to be available anymore.
The efficient GE incandescent has less than half the efficiency of a
CFL. It is HIR, which is halogen with infrared retroflection technology.
An example is a 350 watt tubular halogen with light output close to that
of a 500 watt more-ordinary halogen, or close to that of about 150-170
watts of compact fluorescents.
It improves upon other incandescents and halogens that have 1/3 or less
the efficiency of CFLs.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
No one suggested building your own CFLs. It is not complicated to
unscrew an incandescent bulb and replace it with a CFL.
Just make sure you wear protective clothing, eye protection, gloves, ear
plugs, and a gas mask. Be sure to evacuate the whole house before you
replace the bulb in case it breaks, spreading the 4 mg of mercury
throughout the house. Have the local hazardous waste removal service on
I checked into that. What I read is that ultra-small but measurable
amounts of mercury is contained in the CF bulbs. BUT, Coal-fired
power plants which predominate in the U.S and Canada spew huge
quantities of mercury into the atmospehere and is essentially
everwhere in small quantities now. They say that the power saved by
using those CF's would remove quanties of mercury from the enviroment
that are far, far in excess of the ultra--small quantities of mercury
in these CF's wich can be contained either with specific recycling or
just in landiflls would be safe compared to the poisons these electric
plants spew into the envronment.
I imagine it's all a moot point when the demand for electicithy is
increasing around the world. Electricity is convenient and profitable
and the human race will usually want it where available. I know I am
totally addicted to electricity like most people I rely on it for many
things. Keeping the cost of it down is good for business so it's hard
to be against it. Hell, if it's in the fish then where else is it?
Um, then maybe yu should have an extra portion. Where I live mercury
contamination and poisoning are very real issues. If you are
sarcastic concerning the danger then you deserve for you and you
children to be poisoned. Then you will shut the fuck up.
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