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Ever use them low watt florescent light bulbs?
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S.W.    Posted 05-03-2002 at 05:53:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Been readin that these incandescent bulbs we all use can be replaced with these newer screw-in florescent types. I heard that it is cheaper to just leave them burnin then to keep turning them off & on. The outfit I am looking at uses 17 watts and the manufactures claims it puts out 100 watts of light. Don't say if they will work in cold - like in a shed- or barn.

Other than Dr. trips medicine and taxes, our next biggist expense will be electricity. Sure would like to find some way to cut it down some as it gets more $ all the time now.

I'd like to hear what it is to this new light bulb.

When I was working on a site in Deleware some years ago I saw that them chicken producing outfits all had there own electricity plants -usually a tractor with a generator on a 540 pto.
Some of them brooder houses were 200 -300 feet long too.

sandy4    Posted 05-03-2002 at 18:55:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have using them for 6-7 yrs. The Lights of America brand burned out in less than a year. The GE and Phillips have kept going. GE's have gotten less expensive, now less than $9, I paid morwe than $15 for the old ones.
I haven't noticed it with all of them, but one 13w I notice gets just a little brighter after a couple minutes on.
I like not having to change burned out bulbs at inconvenient times.

Dennis    Posted 04-07-2003 at 06:03:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Replaced all my outside and inside lights with Ge's and Phillips florescent. My experience with LOA lights are they don't go the distance. Cold will degrade the lights over time. I've turned my lights off on cold days and it takes a few hours for them to warm up and produce good light output. I also don't install them in an inclosed light fixture. Heat will also kill these bulbs faster than anything else. They do produce less heat but guess the gas in these bulbs can only take so much. I like the idea of not having to replace older bulbs every couple of months and I don't yell at the kids for leaving bedroom lights on all the time. I've noticed a small decrease in electricity cost also.

H. Gene Cohen, M. D.    Posted 08-20-2004 at 11:26:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We use the PHILLIPS Econ-o-Watt
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Florescent light bulbs, and we would like to know where there might be a distributor in the Houston, Texas area, where we can order these in bulk, at a reasonable price.

Please advise us by e-mail.

Thank you,

Kathy Aldridge    Posted 05-03-2002 at 16:57:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can't comment on their use in barns but I do have one in my front porch light, it stays on 24/7 and worked fine throughout the winter even when the temps got down to 10 degrees.
I have also replaced all of my incandescent bulbs with the 15w flourescents and my electric bill has dropped by $15.00 a month with no other changes in my electric useage.
The only places I didn't change were closets since those lights aren't on very much.
I figure even if they are not much more economical in the long run, since the electric co-op sets it's rates on the amount of electricity required/used for the area I would be helping in a small way to keep the rates down.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-03-2002 at 06:16:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use them in my smaller barn. One of them lights up 2 stalls in area 12 x 24 and I leave it on 24 hrs a day. Worked good in the winter to. They are better than they used to be now. I have another one in the garage that burns 24 hours a day and has been on for 5 years. When they are turned off and on it makes them not last as long. Mark H.

S.W.    Posted 05-03-2002 at 06:26:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you Mark, this is the kind of info I'm looking for. I want to put several up. I was thinking that they probably could run around the clock and do better than any incandescent would ever do.

Just read that one of the biggest users of elec. in the home is the durn TV. - the readin light is on in our place more than the TV. Just hard to keep my eyes open as long- S.W>

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-03-2002 at 06:33:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would not worry to much about those things but your water heater and dryers when on are like 40- 100watt light bulbs burning at the same time. A hair dryer is around 10-12 100w bulbs. Base Board electrical heater suck up tons of power along with a starndard elect furnuse (20,000watts) it is like 200- 100w bulbs burning at the same time!! Mark H.

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