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Neon Engery saving bulbs
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Dennis    Posted 12-16-2002 at 09:43:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good day all,
Have any of you used or are using the "new Engery saving" Type NEON bulbs in a cold atmosphere ie: barn or shop that gets cold in the winter and if so, do the bulbs work as well there as they do indoors in a warmer climate?
Thank for sharing your experience ad knowledge.

Ludwig    Posted 12-16-2002 at 13:34:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah sure, we've got almost all compact flourescents here. Got 3 regular bulbs left, stovetop, fridge and one in the bathroom that refuses to die.
Lesson learned, the "Lights of America" cheapies are NOT as good. They're cheap, here you can get them for about $4, but 2 years later they're starting to crap out. Got one lamp that needs to be flipped upside down to come on and one in the bathroom that doesn't come on at all.
The EXPENSIVE ($20 apiece) GE bulbs are excellent, 3 years and going strong.

Now, no, they're no good in the cold. A GOOD outdoor flourescent, LED bulb, Halogen or incandescent is the way to go.
I don't know if you can still buy Halogen, but I've got one of the standing lamps I won't let go. A plus in a cold place is that they run HOT so they'll help warm you up. Low power draw for the brightness too.

Oh, as somebody else said, something about CF bulbs attracts bugs too, dunno what it is.

Dennis    Posted 12-16-2002 at 11:39:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
fluorescents is it, not NEON!


DeadCarp    Posted 12-16-2002 at 11:12:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Didn't know they have neon - normally that stuff only works to 20 below i think - below that the transformers can't fight the cold. I spent i guess $80 on a few energy-saving fluorescents for the sidewalk lites, they failed to boot in winter and got smothered with bugs in summer, (neither of which was mentioned in the ads - they're piled in the laundry room - you want 'em?:) so we're back to the standard flimsies & bug lites next spring. Wish i had asked around before i tried them. :)

Tom A    Posted 12-16-2002 at 10:41:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have not tried the newest generation, but I did try the first or second generation about 2 years ago. While they're fine in the house, they didn't work well at all in cold weather. Starting about freezing, they take a long time to brighten up much at all, and even still they never get as bright as they do in warmer areas especially when the weather gets really cold.

Maybe the newest ones are better, though.

I now use the heavy-duty halogen incandescents outside and in the barn and shop. They work as well in the cold as any incandescent, and the halogens are brighter for the same wattage, so you can use a lower watt bulb...I replaced all the 100 watters with 60s and the light is fine. They also seem to last a lot longer than 'normal' bulbs, which offsets the higher cost.

Tom A

Chester    Posted 12-17-2002 at 15:16:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have used various compact fluor. bulbs inside and out without any problems over the past 12 years. A cheapie Sylvania 13 Watt is outside on a photo-cell ( which is not recommended ) and still going strong after 5 yrs or so. Performs ok as it only goes below zero ( F) here a couple of times each winter. Starts out dim but reaches full brightness after 10 - 15 min and looks like a 60 watt- er.

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