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"Energy Saving" Fluorescent Lamp RFI Reply
by K4SE on June 11, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Here's something that may help someone's RFI problem. Recently I noticed some very obnoxious S9 + 20 dB noise on 40 meters. No other ham bands were affected. The noise sounded like a continuous 60 Hz. arc. The bandwidth of the crud was between about 6.5 and 7.5 MHz. After de-energizing my household circuits one by one, I found that the culprit was one of those energy saving fluorescent bulbs designed to screw into a regular lamp socket. The bulb was made in China (surprise, surprise!) and branded "GE". It was designed to be as bright as a 60 watt incandescent lamp while drawing only 15 watts from the power line. Other similar fluorescent bulbs in the house have not yet caused noise problems of any consequence. Hope this experience helps someone with a similar noise problem! 73, de K4SE
RE: "Energy Saving" Fluorescent Lamp RFI Reply
by N2MG on July 7, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I almost bought one of these so-called "energy saving" bulbs yesterday in Home Depot, until I read the package where it stated quite plainly that it would cause interference to radios, TVs and the like.

Their "fix"? Move the radio further away.

Yeah right.

Mike N2MG
RE: "Energy Saving" Fluorescent Lamp RFI Reply
by NJ3K on July 18, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
I have an electronic ballast in my kitchen light that causes noise on 20. So when I am on 20 I turn it off and some times put a note on the switch. The family has learned to work around it. I have put in a new ballast but it does the same thing.
RE: "Energy Saving" Fluorescent Lamp RFI Reply
by Rina on October 21, 2015 Mail this to a friend!
I was buying from them here recently bulb started producing noise after a few days, should I ask for refund? at least try

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