Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Stephen D. Williams
Wed, 29 May 2002 17:54:49 -0400
It's too bad that they haven't worked more on this problem.
Obviously the flicker is from 60hz AC, but not so obvious is that they
could use a longer phosphor or even have half the bulb out of phase with
a bit of electronics. The latter is the best solution, but probably
expensive unless you use two or three phase wiring for the same purpose.
60hz is far too slow of a refresh. I can easily see flicker in many
BTW, I worked in Building 44, NELA Park, Cleveland Ohio, for GE Lighting
where fluorescent bulbs were invented. We were working on low wattage,
white light, arc lamps. Sodium, mercury, and xenon in a shaped quartz
tube. I programmed the VT100 touch screen (!) and most of the rest of
the embedded system on Z80 single-board computers. In 1984.
Gordon Mohr wrote:
>Do you ever notice flourescent flickering with this bulb? (Do
>you typically notice flicker with flourescent fixtures in
>I often noticed such flicker while in school, esp. when
>concentrating, and sometimes still do, esp. if looking at
>Most recently, I noticed flourescent flicker when playing
>air hockey under a flourescent light. The lights seemed
>fine when just standing around talking, but when into the
>fast-moving game, it became very distracting...
>I much prefer incandescent or halogen. I've bought
>incandescent bulbs that eliminate the yellow tinge, I think
>these GE "Reveals" are an example of the type:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Adam L. Beberg" <email@example.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:31 PM
>Subject: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
>>Replaced 2 75watt space-heater bubs with 2 14watt spiral lights and they
>>rock. It's brighter and it's white light, not that deep-orange stuff. Much
>>better for reading.
>>Now if i could just get the roomie to EVER turn off his 300watt halogen...
>>- Adam L. "Duncan" Beberg
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