From the light-bulb ban.
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry today signed a law that will free Texans from the
federal governments impending incandescent light bulb ban..."
You may have a point there. Virtually all military folks cycle through Ft
Hood on their way overseas. During orientation someone probably points out
that by switching a soldier's state of residence to Texas, he can avoid his
original state's income tax. Two to ten percent of a meager paycheck is a
Nah. Recent polling says Perry would lose to Obama. In Texas!
Of course the polling outfit, PPP, is a Democratic-affiliated group but I'm
sure that has no bearing on the results.
Wasn't it former Texas governor George W. Bush that signed the stinkin' CFL
provision into law? Ironic that a sitting Texas governor is trying to undo
it. Incandescent bulbs need tungsten and I don't recall Texas producing
much of it. The Feds may control the issue after all. I'm laying in a
lifetime supply as well.
Perhaps you haven't noticed that there is a rapidly expanding array of
encapsulated halogen lamps to take the place of conventional
incandescents if you don't like CFLs. Halogens are more efficient, have
better color temperature and longer service life than conventional
incandescents, and other wise have the instant on performance that some
seem to prefer over the 100ms turn on of a CFL.
I use a lot of CFLs and I've yet to find a single one remotely close to
"5 minutes to get to full brightness". Even for little 9W CFLs used in a
ISO storage container at about 10F winter, total warmup time was on the
order of 45 seconds.
Yet I've had some (especially the circle types) that took even longer to come
to full brightness. Since 90% of the bulbs in my house are never on for five
minutes (some never on for even 45 seconds), it's not acceptable.
As noted, the only slow warm-up I have ever seen on a CFL was at 10F
which is below their normal operating temp range, and even then it was
only about 45 seconds.
As I've noted in the past, CFLs seem to need a couple hours of burn-in
time from new to settle in, if you give them that time upfront they
never seem to have the slightest issue for the next 5 or 6 years or
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