I was perusing (actually interviewing) torchieres (floor lamps) at Lowe's
yesterday. All the non-halogen models had tags saying "Required -
incandescent bulb(s)" followed by recommended wattage. These lamps had
normal screw-in bulb sockets, and most did not have dimmers or 3-way
switches. The packaging said nothing about using CFLs. The bulbs face up and
there are no shades above the bulbs. Is there some reason I can't use CFLs
with these lamps, or is this information just an omission from the labeling?
I asked one of the "experts", who drooled and went to find an invisible
manager, who was probably getting a lap dance in his office. Nobody ever
Because they look like the old torchieres, they are telling you that
they don't need the tube type bulbs that set fire to the house when they
are close to flammable material. CFLs should work.
I have 3 of the tube type and my house is still standing.
What I don't get is why would somebody with such disdain for Lowes even shop
there...Or is this just another bash Big Boxes and Chineses stuff
thread.....I'm no "expert" but I would have checked the manufacturer's
website or called them....I wonder who is doing the drooling ??? LOL.......
You raise some interesting points. I have a choice to make for the lamp in
this particular room:
1) Buy Chinese product at Lowe's
2) Buy Chinese product at electrical supply place (which I love) for three
times the price
3) Buy Chinese product at boutique lighting store for ten times the price
So you know that going in , yet you still found it necessary to belittle
some poor slep working for 10 bucks an hour at Lowes....Does it make you
feel superior ??? Atleast he/she is WORKING and not collecting welfare....If
things get much worse it might be me working at Lowes...LOL...Maybe it's
just me , but when I see someone a little less fortunate then me I think ,
"There but for the grace of God go I." Others seem to find it necessery to
put them down to try to raise themselves up....Sad really...JMHO....
That's probably because you don't see the big picture....You weren't the
only customer in the store nor were you the most important customer in the
store though you might disagree...I'm sure he went to the manager who was
already busy with somebody else or he might have been intercepted by another
customer on his way to you...Who knows...He may have been on the other side
of the store which would take a few to get to where you were...Or maybe like
me he thought ..why don't he visit the manufactures website or call them
considering even the manager isn't gonna know more about the product than
the instructions give which you read....I doubt he would recomend a bulb not
listed on the box....Oh , you never mentioned how long you waited...NEVER is
a long time????
I don't 'disdain' Lowes or HD. When I go there, I know what I want, and
I don't need any help from 'associates', unless what I need is not on
the shelf, but in a new box on the top of the shelves and there is no
I bought a torchiere lamp at HD. It
contained a little box in line with the
power cord which is supposed to prevent
over current ... whatever that
means. I understand "over current"
however what for? Maybe to prevent
putting too large a lamp in the socket.
It is a standard screw in socket.
I have been using the lamp with a CFL
for some time now without
problems. It is not a dimable lamp and
does not interfere with the socket
base. The in line box appears to have
some electronic circuits in it. I
was tempted to just plain remove it as
it is a nuisance as there is an
on/off switch on the box which gets
bumped accidentally by such things
as the vacuum, etc.
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