[aprssig] CFL Bulbs and Shack backup power ;-)

Bob k8ys at fuse.net
Mon May 30 14:54:28 EDT 2011

I resent - TO THE CORE _ RESENT anyone telling me that:
You must use the "curlly fries light", THEY DO NOT WORK IN MANY OF MY USES
(X-10 switches/dimmer).
What happens when some EPA clown decides that you cannot throw them away.
You must use low-flush toilets, the Ohio River Valley does not have a water
shortage, but I am prevented BY LAW from buying a toilet that works first
time/every time.
Same goes for the push to battery cars. IF they ever get a GMC Suburban to
work on battery and not cost extra, then I might rethink that.

ok, so much for my soap box moment.

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of Bob Bruninga 
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2011 1:29 PM
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] CFL Bulbs and Shack backup power ;-)

> Tell you what, Bob -- I'll buy the first 
> CFL's, for every fixture in my house IF 
> you'll agree to replace all the ones that 
> die in less than a year.  ;-)

All this fuss over having to replace a failed $1 bulb that will save $48 in

I just counted 54 CFL bulbs in my house, I have had about 4 or 5 fail
(usually in the first 2 seconds), and maybe 3 have been replaced over the 5
or so years.  Some are more than 10 years old in my kids rooms.

Let's see, these 50 bulbs are saving me probably $2400 in electricity,
several tons of CO2, particulates, sulfur dioxide and other trace pollutants
from breathing (I can see the coal plant 4 miles away out my window).  I
think the extra $5 I spent on the bad bulbs and the effort to reach over and
replace them is worth it.

> in our area the places that sell CFL bulbs 
> do not take the burned out bulbs back.

I take mine to work where there is a recycling committment.

> Moving to CFLs was part of my overall plan ..[for]
> an affordable back up power system that can keep 
> the radios - including everything for APRS - running 
> during the outages from winter storms.

Amen.  After those initial fialures, I started writing the install date on
the base of each bulb.  But none have burned out since!  Sheesh...

Bob, Wb4APR

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