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GE combo halogen-CFL bulb fits sockets

3/31/2011 09:24 PM EDT
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Sanjib.A
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re: GE combo halogen-CFL bulb fits sockets
Sanjib.A   4/10/2011 6:39:02 AM
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If I've understood correctly from this article, the main purpose for GE's new halogen-CFL combo lamps is to "fit the sockets" for the currently installed incandescent bulbs in U.S., as standard incandescent light bulbs will not be available as a result of U.S. federal lighting efficiency standards. So is the intension behind this product is to fill the gap?

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Kinnar   4/2/2011 11:43:43 AM
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As per my opinion this is just different version of the products being made by GE, and the limitation of CFL they are answering here is not much problematic in case of the fixed lighting cases. As average lights get started on when it stars low ambient light and by the time it becomes complete dark the CFL becomes full lit.

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re: GE combo halogen-CFL bulb fits sockets
kdboyce   4/2/2011 6:58:04 AM
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So there is no way to change the halogen part of the bulb in case it burns out before the CFL. Why did they not just put in LED,s? Probably not enough light, and still too expensive right now. And the LED's would probably last longer than the CFL. Either way you look at it presents the problem of having 2 different technologies that don't match each other in lifetime. Commercially, losing the halogen first forces a replacement sooner since the bulb would have been bought for that "instant on and brightness" purpose in the first place, or else a standard CFL would have been used. Assuming such a bulb is changed before the CFL dies, how are they disposed of? Any dump disposal most likely would break the CFL releasing mercury, so I guess they think 1mg mercury per dumped bulb is fine. A better idea would seem to be getting the LED lighting down in price and expanding its adoption.

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