[aprssig] TAPR Dayton Solar Talk

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon May 30 22:04:12 EDT 2011

On 5/30/2011 6:53 PM, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
> But then, I've had a couple blow in just a couple of months in a benevolent 
> indoor setting mounted upright......

I have a sneaking suspicion that the random failures reported may have to do 
with the semiconductor ballast in the base being unable to tolerate massive 
voltage surges on the power line, especially in areas that get lots of 
thunderstorm activity and lightning hits on power lines.

It seems that most of the complaints in this thread are from people living in 
areas that get "real weather".   Here in southern Cal, where Johnny Carson once 
quipped " I can't understand why TV weatherman here are such celebrities. There 
is no weather in Los Angeles -- just differing degrees of air quality",  we 
practically never get thunderstorms and lightning.     And I have practically 
never have heard of early CFL failures around here either.

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