Re: Lighting needs
I don't understand the "noisy" ballast issue. I have 7 really cheap fluorescent fixtures that I bought at McDairmid lumber 20 years ago and have yet to hear any noise out of them. I've never seen flicker unless the basement was ridiculously cold. In the basement I've replaced only 2 out of 14 tubes in 20 years.
I have a 6 tube fixture in the kitchen and another 4 tube in the laundry room and 1 and 2 tube units in the bathrooms and have never heard buzz out of any of them - except for the one time I was standing under one when a surge hit. boy did they sing then. The upstairs ones get the most use and abuse. In 20 years I've replaced the bulbs once and am about to do it again. Cheap ride. The ones I have replaced more often are the expensive 24 and 32/36? inch tubes.
CFL bulbs - well, I've tried to be the good soldier and made an effort to get used to them. Replaced 4 in the first year - one was my mistake - put it in a lamp socket that had an inline dimmer switched to half power - lasted about 2 minutes.
I've tried various kinds - mostly those that are supposed to be replacements for 100 watt incandescents - found them awkward to read by - decided to swap the 100 watt bulb back and haven't had a problem since. The incandescent was considerably brighter. I've noticed by comparison that the light from the CFLs seem a bit greenish - the incandescent was warmer.
Used smaller ones in a trilight that's connected to a switched wall outlet - they take about 2-3 seconds to light up after the switch is thrown. Always have to pause before entering the room.
CFL's are useless in a cold area (-10 to -40) - Winnipeg garages or soffit lighting - take forever to brighten up. A friend who uses them for outdoor lighting turns them on in fall and shuts them off in spring - what's the point? I've never been able to find a cfl for cold weather use - they probably exist - but I've never been able to find one.
Same thing for the supposed dimmable ones - no one I know carries them - and I've asked - problem is most of my switched lamps are on dimmer switches. However, I have seen them advertised on line - but $10+ for one bulb - get stuffed!
I work under fluorescent lights all day at work with no problems, no flicker, no noise, but at home, I cannot read for more than a few minutes by the light of a CFL. Guess I'm just a dinosaur but I'd hate to have a whole basement lit by them.
Last edited by Glenn from Winnipeg; 11-03-2010 at 03:46 PM.
Reason: missed something
Nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems.
Glenn from Winnipeg