I have not noticed any QRM with these bulbs, but I don't seem to get a much
greater life than with the traditional ones. Also, a few months ago one of the
IEE/IET journals carried a letter from a member who had dissected a dead unit.
It had more than 60 soldered joints, and he suggested that this might cast
doubt on the economics of the product over its whole life.
I have found another problem. The control gear in these devices is often
enclosed in a collar round the base. As most ceiling-mounted sockets (ES or
bayonet) in this area have a ceramic collar, the new device cannot be inserted
far enough into the socket to be energised. You have to change the socket or
(in the case of an ES socket) buy an ES to SES adapter and an SES energy-saving
bulb. Given that people have experienced much shorter lives for these bulbs
than has been claimed, this does seem to raise questions about the economics of
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On 08/03/2009 at 14:53 Peter Cleall wrote:
>For many years I have avoided using the energy saving bulbs under the
>impression that they were major RF pollutents. I am under increasing
>pressure to move to using these bulbs.
> Are my concerns still the case or are they old fashioned and out of date.
>Do you have experience of using these bulbs in the home.
>Do modern versions interfer with your Radio receiving , I am interested in
>signals from 15 kHz to 500 MHz.
>Are there specific types or manufactures to be avoided
>Any thoughts would be appreciaated