It's harder to get the edison screw-in/bayonet filament type bulbs, and from what I gather, the plan is to eventually eradicate them completely in
order to save energy...which means we save money, right? Yet the new energy saving bulbs are far more expensive and in my experience don't actually
last as long or not much longer than old style bulbs.
Don't get me wrong here, I think saving energy is a good thing, but these things are quite odd.
I noticed the other day that the bulb I put in my kitchen was flickering at a fixed frequency - the light was off, but at a rate of perhaps once every
2 or 3 seconds it would flash on,, for a tiny fraction of a second then go back out.
It really freaked out my mate who thought it was weird, at first I reasoned ok they have a built in ballast/transformer...a small electrical circuit
- because I've taken them apart before, so they have small capacitors, etc, which - with my limited amount of knowledge on the subject, I reasoned
could store and possibly maintain a small charge, a kind of latching effect like a relay coil/switch.
Still, it kinda got me thinking, these energy saving bulbs are expensive, and I don't really know circuitry well enough to guage whether or not these
are merely built-in ballasts/transformers, they could have anything in them.
Then I think about how the whole carbon footprint, energy saving agenda was pushed and by whom...and it's starting to kind of make me wonder.
I'm not really presenting a comspiracy here, just presenting possible grounds of one...what the hell is in these things? I understand how fluorescent
lights need ballasts (a transformer with a some kind of built-in starter switch, so I've read anyway, correct me if I'm wrong) but why are they so
determined to eradicate the old style light bulbs, I find the energy saving type bulbs quite horrible, take a while to brighten up, the light they
emit is quite bad...gives me headaches, I don't like 'em!
And beginning to not trust 'em...they are expensive and crap, they don't last as long as they're said to, some specify the likes of 50,000 hours, I
know this an approximation/guesstimate and the more you turn it off and on the more you shorten their lifespan, etc...I think this is true of old
filament style bulbs but can't say for sure - I'm just wondering if anyone has any knowledge on these things, and if anyone with good knowledge of
electronics has actually dis-assembled and studied the circuitry inside them?
Even if they're harmless ballast/transformet-type circuits, the potential for them to develop into something more sinister is very real...any
edit on 14-2-2013 by samerulesapply because: Correction.