I wouldn't consider a garage door opener to be a good application for CF bulbs.
When the door opens, you want the illumination right away, instead of having
to wait a minute for a CF bulb to reach a reasonable brightness. Also, I can't
imagine a garage door opener light being on for more than 15 minutes a day, so
it would take a long time for the CF to pay for itself.
In my house, I put CF bulbs in places like the kitchen and family room, which
tend to stay lit for a while. But the hallways, stairs, and bathrooms still
have regular bulbs, since when you turn those lights on, you need to be able to
see right away, and they are likely to be off again in a minute or two.
--- On Mon, 2/23/09, Mullen, J T (IT) <Tim.Mullen@ngc.com> wrote:
> One problem I have with CFLs is the base. I have a garage
> door opener
> with sockets for a light bulb on each side. I'd like
> to put CFLs in
> them, but the socket has a tappered opening that confirms
> to a normal
> bulb - the CFLs won't screw into them and make contact.
> I've looked for
> a short extension - some thing to screw into the socket
> that the CFL
> then screws into, but so far no luck. I have a couple of
> "pull string"
> sockets that I'll use, but they extend the assembly out
> to far -
> allowing for more vibrations and preventing the cover from
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