Question about compact florescent bulbs

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  1. May 19, 2012 #1

    Northwest_Homeowner

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    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?
     
  2. May 19, 2012 #2

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    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?
     
  3. May 20, 2012 #3

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    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.
     
  4. May 22, 2012 #4

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    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.
     
  5. May 22, 2012 #5

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    Looks expensive. I couldn't find a price.
     
  7. May 22, 2012 #7

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    I bought one , about $12 on sale, garrenteed 20years 8 months.
     
  8. May 24, 2012 #8

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    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.
     
  9. May 25, 2012 #9

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