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Re: [Shop-talk] Dimmable CFLs at Home Depot

To: "'Paul Parkanzky'" <>, "'Doug Braun'"
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Dimmable CFLs at Home Depot
From: "Gerald Brazil" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 11:59:01 -0500
I've put a CFL equal to a 150w in my garage. In cold weather (Michigan) it
is very dim when you first turn it on but after a while it comes up to the
proper level. At least it doesn't flicker like my old tube fluorescent shop
lights do in cold weather.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Paul Parkanzky
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 11:29 AM
To: Doug Braun
Cc: Randall; Shop-Talk
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Dimmable CFLs at Home Depot

We bought our brand new home around two years ago and the first thing I did
was replace every bulb in the house that didn't dim or was a spotlight with
a compact fluorescent.  In those two years I've only had to replace two
failed bulbs.  Both were Feits.  We bought the more expensive "Daylight" or
whatever bulbs for the more important areas and they look great, light up
much faster, and seem to last better as well.

We didn't replace the four spotlights in the kitchen because, at the time,
the fluorescent replacements for those bulbs were really expensive.  I
should do some shopping and see if the prices have come down a bit.

I also bought three 300W incandescent bulbs for the garage to add some light
out there.  At the time they didn't sell super-bright compact fluorescent
bulbs.  They do now, so I'll replace those with CF as they burn out.  That
is if I don't do a garage lighting project with several fluorescent tube
fixtures first.

Obviously, I'm a big fan of efficient lighting.  I can't wait for the LED
options to get more cost effective.


On 2/21/09, Doug Braun <> wrote:
> When we moved to a new house ~3 years ago, it had zillions of those
ceiling-mounted 65-watt reflector bulbs.  Then I saw that the local hardware
store had a real good subsidized price on "Feit" brand reflector bulbs, so I
bought a dozen.  At this point, there are only one or two left in servixe,
the rest have all burned out.  I had left incandescent bulbs in s few
places, and I found that the Feit bulbs burned out about as often as the
>  Since then I have generally bought GE or Philips, and they seem to
> last
longer.  Of course, they are all made in China...
>  Doug
>  > They are from FEIT Electric (which is a CA company, tho the  >
> bulbs are made  > in China) and the box says the price includes a
> discount  > from my local
>  > electric company; so they may not be found in all stores.
>  > But it might be
>  > worth a look, if you need them.
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