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Northwest_Homeowner 05-18-2012 09:49 PM

Question about compact florescent bulbs
I have a question about compact florescent bulbs. Some of them have a plastic cover shaped like an incandescent bulb. How tough are those covers? How much of a whack would it take to knock it off the base? How much of a blow would it take to break the cover itself?

kok328 05-19-2012 07:46 AM

Odd question. They don't really manufacture light bulbs with rate impact specifications. All I can tell you is take a whack at it and decide for yourself.
However, there is always a question behind a question, why do you ask?

woodchuck 05-20-2012 07:38 AM

I use one in my drop light and it seems to hold up better than a filament bulb. The filament always came loose when I would bump or drop it.

Northwest_Homeowner 05-21-2012 10:25 PM

I was concerned because I wondered what it would take to release the mercury. I figured if the cover broke off, there is a good chance the glass inside would break.

inspectorD 05-22-2012 05:02 AM

There is a new bulb in town. Go to

The bulb has NO mercury,it's fully dimmable and instant on with no hum.

JoeD 05-22-2012 07:17 AM

Looks expensive. I couldn't find a price.

nealtw 05-22-2012 07:51 AM

I bought one , about $12 on sale, garrenteed 20years 8 months.

Northwest_Homeowner 05-24-2012 01:03 AM

I just bought an led lamp at Walgreen's. It cost $3.99 plus tax, it puts out 450 lumens, and it uses about 8 watts. I would have liked to get one with around 800 lumens, but I did not see any.

nealtw 05-24-2012 08:22 PM

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