Hot Holiday Items for efficiency!...Sub CF's for under $5!
Thanks to Robert for the litany of resources regarding CF's and high
efficiency lamps in general.
Unfortunately, I think there is still much work to be done in educating
both retailers and consumers alike as to the virtues and benefits of CF
lighting products. Not only do some people consider CF's exotic, but many
more people do not even consider them as an available option. I don't find
this very curious for the simple reason of exposure, or lack thereof in
this case. Even though the lamps are available in numerous retail
outlets, those outlets, in my opinion, are not numerous enough. Therfore,
I think that any and all exposure is a good thing.
And now, for some good news:
Sub CF's for $4.95 delivered. I haven't tried these out, but at that
price, it should be worth it to try some.
Andrew H. McCalla
Meridian Energy Systems, Inc.
Solar-Electric System Design, Installation, and Service.
P.O. Box 5810
Austin, TX 78763
- Our experience with CFs and powerline carrier control is that most "X-10" products cannot control CFs properly.As a practice we do offer superior quality powerline carrier switch receivers that can operate and switch CFs, common fluorescents, pumps and in fact the current rating on our ACT switch receivers is designed to handle a wide variety of electrical loads. These switch receivers are also available as a dimming switch receiver. These products are UL approved, have been available for about twenty years and there are no safety issues associated with their use.They do require some skills, experience and expertise to apply and install successfully because most consumers are not aware of the functional issues associated with the application of powerline carrier technology. As an experienced vendor we have seen most of these technical issues and we pretty much know the solution to them all.The relation that control systems (home automation) has to the renewable energy industry is that when applied properly this technology and these systems can and do make a significant contribution towards energy savings in the home or office.We have married these two technologies in the past in a residential system that automatically disables home electrical systems at regular intervals (timed events) and when the electrical system is not required.We found there are additional challenges related to this marriage. Unless the renewable energy system provides a fairly clean, true sine wave electrial environment it is almost not worth the effort.I am familar with products you mention in your post. Fortunately there are many more products available today that offer superior quality, performance and are easier to install, apply and maintain. It is common knowledge in the industry that if you get six months or a year's service out of X-10 Powerhouse products you have pretty much got your money's worth. The products we recommend and sell will pratically last the life of your home. They do cost more and there is a reason.SBT Designs
25840 IH-10 West #1
Boerne, Texas 78006
www.sbtdesigns.com----- Original Message -----From: Robert JohnstonTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgSent: Sunday, December 17, 2000 10:03 AMSubject: RE: [hreg] Hot Holiday Items for efficiency!It may seem a strange curiosity to you, but I started the thread a few weeks ago because I was tryingto find a cheaper source of dimmable CF's for enclosed fixtures. I had only just discovered that suchCF's now exist. They are not available in any of the local stores, nor do they even know about them.Lowes, for example, has many of the standard CF's, but no dimmable ones, nor candelabra ones, norspotlights. And most of what they have are not even recommended for use in enclosed fixtures. Soit is not surprising to me that neither myself nor many other people know that much about them. Forthe same reason, it is not surprising that most homes in the area are lit by incandescents. This isa real opportunity for us to learn more about these and share that knowledge with our friends andneighbors for the good of all.I see from your website that you guys do X-10 systems too. Maybe you could comment on yourexperience with X-10 and CF's. The reason I have been holding off on CF's in my house until justa couple months ago when I discovered the Springlamp dimmable CF's is that I didn't think thatthe conventional CF's would be compatible with my X-10 wall switches or Enerlogic X-10 controlsystem. Several years ago I replaced most switches with X-10 wall switches and the Enerlogiccontroller so that I could save energy by controlling the lights in the house, some with motiondetectors, and others on computer controlled sequences (e.g., turn the kids' lights off periodicallysince they always forget). Have you used any CF's besides the new dimmable ones on X-10switched circuits? Is there a fire hazard in doing so?Somewhat off-topic, I'd also be curious to know if you know of X-10 switches that have longerlifetime than the Powerhouse X-10 switches I buy locally, yet without the high cost of the Levitonswitches. My X-10 switches only seem to last about 3 years before the switch fails in variousways. I'm tempted to rip the system out, which would also let me get the standard CF's!Robert Johnston-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Shepard [mailto:sbtdesigns@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2000 4:37 PM
Subject: Re: [hreg] Hot Holiday Items for efficiency!I find this thread puzzling.Compact fluorescent lighting products are available in multiple shapes and sizes from numerous retail outlets.That people still consider it exotic and rare is a strange curiosity.SBT Designs
25840 IH-10 West #1
Boerne, Texas 78006
www.sbtdesigns.com----- Original Message -----From: Robert JohnstonTo: email@example.comSent: Friday, December 15, 2000 8:22 PMSubject: RE: [hreg] Hot Holiday Items for efficiency!I've found some information that might change your thinking about the
comments in the attached note from Ned Ford.
If you do a search for compact fluorescents on the web, you'll find that
you can now buy them in candelabra forms, as well as reflective
spotlights (which might be more efficient and directional than the 200W
equivalent CF tube referred to). I found them to be reasonably priced
at a neat site called www.ENERGYguide.com. You can get a Sunylite 9 watt
candle bulb for $11.90 there. A Phillips 15 Watt reflector light bulb costs
$28.40. A GE 15 Watt R-30 Reflector bulb is $14.95. A Philips 20W recessed
lighting reflector bulb is $28.40. Another site I found them at was at
www.dsenterprise.com. They had both 3 and 7 watt candle bulbs in either
or candelabra bases.
At www.misty.com/~don/cfbest.html the author describes personal experiences
early failures and other problems with Lights of America CF's, so though not
a statistically significant sampling, it might be worth investigating these
further before buying that brand. I should think the bigger brands like
GE, etc., might prove more reliable, but that is conjecture on my part. I
suspect that some of these are just OEM versions of products cranked out of
the same Chinese factories.
You can also find many online resources on LED's. They are quite expensive.
are also directional, so not so well suited for general lighting (vs. task
lighting or background illumination as on the exit signs). Springlamp sells
them (see their site at www.springlamp.com; they make nice dimmable CF's
You can find LED's and many other interesting products at
with LED's specifically at
Prices range from $40 for a 9 LED device that fits in a regular light
to $108 for a 24 LED device.
A good article on choosing CF's, particularly explaining the various colors
available (the "coolness" of different grades of fluorescents and what that
means), is: www.nrc.ca/irc/practice/lig3_e.html. The National Research
of Canada does good work, and this one, while written for architects and
industry professionals, is very readable and explains it to the layman as
One of our HREG members (Dennis--drocketman@...) was very helpful to me
when I posted a question a few weeks ago about compact fluorescents. He
them extensively and has a lot of experience with them.
Hope this helps,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Clemens [mailto:jclem412@...]
> Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2000 9:56 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [hreg] Hot Holiday Items for efficiency!
> It's that time of year that we try to light up the
> neighborhoods after the
> sun has set. The following message refers to two lighting products of
> interest - a 200W-equivalent Compact Fluorescent lamp (using
> 45 Watts) and a
> red ganged-LED light.
> For any of you thinking spot lights, the first item might be
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ned Ford" <Ned.Ford@...>
> To: <CONS-SPST-ENERGY-FORUM@...>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 7:54 PM
> Subject: Hot Holiday Items for efficiency!
> > This just in from the hardware store!
> > I saw two new items of note. The first was a Lights of
> America compact
> > fluorescent bulb that is the equivalent of a 200 watt bulb!
> At $17.99,
> > it is a Deca-tube (ten tubes, according to the parlance lighting
> > manufacturers use, or five loop-tubes to my Midwest eyes.
> It uses 45
> > watts, and is somewhat heavier, but not longer than the
> larger 25-watt
> > bulbs. Dimmable bulbs are becoming pretty common too.
> I've eliminated
> > all dimmers from my houses, but there are a lot of places where the
> > pushiest of us have just left alone because we couldn't
> persuade people
> > to forego their dimmers, that we can now get after.
> > The other item is a really neat red LED gang of about
> eight, inside a
> > small (about four inches long) tube, with a candelabra base, for
> > replacing exit lamp bulbs. I'm sorry I didn't get the price, or the
> > wattage, but it lasts for 25 years! I think it was $19.95
> or $24.95,
> > which is a pretty good deal for the number of LED's in it.
> And I think
> > the wattage would be under one watt. LED's seem to have a fairly
> > standard wattage of .1 watt, and gangs of 12 white LED's
> are considered
> > equivalent to 25 watts incandescent. I also have no
> candelabra bases,
> > and no exit lights, and I would love to see a similar unit
> with white
> > LED's, to see if we have hope for making all those
> candelabra lamps in
> > the world efficient.
> > Exit lamp replacement units with LED's have been around for
> a while, as
> > have compact fluorescent replacement kits for exit lamps,
> but this is
> > the first time I've seen anything efficient that was just
> as simple as
> > replacing the bulb. The cost will frighten some people,
> but at 7 cents
> > per KWH, the bulb will save over $14/year, and more if it is used in
> > air-conditioned space, or paid staff are changing the
> bulbs. I have no
> > idea how many exit lamps have candelabra bases, but you can
> buy a base
> > converter from standard to candelabra, which you can't do the other
> > way. The energy manager for the Cincinnati Public School
> system told me
> > that his interest in LED exit lamps was in part that battery backup
> > systems could be used, which would save an enormous amount of money
> > compared to the generator backup system required for
> incandescent bulbs.
> > Happy shopping!
> > - Ned
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- Outstanding link! Thanks, Andrew!
> And now, for some good news:
> Sub CF's for $4.95 delivered. I haven't tried these out, but at that
> price, it should be worth it to try some.
- Has anyone tried these yet? I'm curious what their light quality
At 11:37 PM 1/3/01 -0600, you wrote:
>Outstanding link! Thanks, Andrew!
> > And now, for some good news:
> > Sub CF's for $4.95 delivered. I haven't tried these out, but at that
> > price, it should be worth it to try some.
> > http://www.pnl.gov/cfl/
> > Andrew