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    My best friend was doing 3 girls a day and his wife, and living a wild life.

    I warned him "that the bulb always burns the brightest before it goes out"

    he got a bit depressed, but a week later he was vaporized by running a stop sign just in front of a triple trailer big rig.

    4 seconds more or less and he would be alive. The eastern europeans never leave for a car trip without a one minute sit down together just for such reasons.... rather odd idea, however.

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    What is inside the base on the ones I have taken apart is a little circuit board with a small transformer, a torroidal core coil, half dozen capacitors, a few resistors, 4 diodes, couple of transistors that's it.

    No need to send it to china. Take it back to the store. They all have an open door bulb return policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballvalve View Post
    My best friend was doing 3 girls a day and his wife, and living a wild life.

    I warned him "that the bulb always burns the brightest before it goes out"

    he got a bit depressed, but a week later he was vaporized by running a stop sign just in front of a triple trailer big rig.

    4 seconds more or less and he would be alive. The eastern europeans never leave for a car trip without a one minute sit down together just for such reasons.... rather odd idea, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    What is inside the base on the ones I have taken apart is a little circuit board with a small transformer, a torroidal core coil, half dozen capacitors, a few resistors, 4 diodes, couple of transistors that's it.

    No need to send it to china. Take it back to the store. They all have an open door bulb return policy.

    Can I take them back after I take them apart ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    That is funny Bob.


    I turned it off after I heard her singing, and she stopped singing, then I turned it back on and she Blew. I guess she got pissed off.


    I just lost another GE 6500K CFL this morning, I estimate it had about 1500 hours of use. less than 1 year old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    Better to be pissed off then pissed on
    True that.

    I am glad she did not set on my skinny a$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    I still have incandescent bulbs that have lasted much longer than these GE CFLs in the same room.
    Half your problem is right there: GE. Their CFL's suck...and are unfortunately the most numerous. Still they last longer than incandescents by a long shot. They don't last as long as the HD store brand though, not even close. The failure rate of incandescents I've measured is at minimum 4 times greater than even the lousy GE's. I bought the GE's in Houston while I was living there in 2005...I still have a few of them although they are burning out at a faster rate than the HD store brand.

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    I have two 100 watt incandescent bulbs that have been burning from dust to dawn for more than 14 years now.
    Anyone want to guess how this works?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwelectric View Post
    I have two 100 watt incandescent bulbs that have been burning from dust to dawn for more than 14 years now.
    Anyone want to guess how this works?
    probably because they never heat and cold cycle? i know that your bulbs last longer burning them than letting them sit. even with 12v automotive bulbs. i haven't replace any bulbs on my 2008 cr-v yet because i drive with the lights on all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwelectric View Post
    I have two 100 watt incandescent bulbs that have been burning from dust to dawn for more than 14 years now.
    Anyone want to guess how this works?
    Works Good ?

    At reduced AC voltage or rectifier in series, running them on DC ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwelectric View Post
    I have two 100 watt incandescent bulbs that have been burning from dust to dawn for more than 14 years now.
    Anyone want to guess how this works?
    They were made by Thomas Edison?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Schloss View Post
    probably because they never heat and cold cycle? i know that your bulbs last longer burning them than letting them sit. even with 12v automotive bulbs. i haven't replace any bulbs on my 2008 cr-v yet because i drive with the lights on all the time.
    I tend to agree with your first statement, but daytome running lights ot not, they turn off when you park and shut off the engine, don't they? And go back on again whetether you drive in the daytime or nightime. In fact, it they go on during the day, you are doubling your cyling on and off, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    Works Good ?

    At reduced AC voltage or rectifier in series, running them on DC ?
    sounds like a good possibility Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    Yes the Radio Shack kit had one of them in it, Worked good too. My boy built it.

    Is there a better way to get into these Dead CFLs ? Then boil them in water until the glue lets loose.

    I have to see what is inside, that failed so quick. Time to void the warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    Nice little IP Address app Don, but it detects the wrong browser

    You must have a trick machine.


    I think JW may have a trick question because it says "I have two 100 watt incandescent bulbs that have been burning from dust to dawn for more than 14 years now"
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