1   General / General Discussion / Re: California ban on almost all fluorescent lamps  on: Today at 02:24:19 PM 
Started by Ugly1 - Last post by Rommie
Personally, I've always felt hydrogen fuel cells are the way to go for cars, nothing but water vapour out of the tailpipe, as quick to fill up as a normal car and no heavy additions to the electricity grid needed.

They have also announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned here from 2030, with all new cars and vans zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035. Also, gas boilers for heating will be banned in new build houses by 2025 with all installation phased out by 2035.

By the way, can I take the opportunity to remind members of the rules regarding political discussion; it's ok when it refers specifically to lamp bans etc. but not otherwise, so whatever your opinions on the banning of internal combustion engines etc., please keep them to yourselves, thanks. Mention them, as I have done here, but don't say you think the government is crazy or similar, this topic is ok so far, let's keep it that way  :love:
 2   Lamps / Modern / Re: 3 way medium/mogul bulbs  on: September 25, 2022, 08:54:00 PM 
Started by Cole D. - Last post by Cole D.
I haven't seen the mogul three way incandescent bulbs in stores for around a couple years here. The medium three ways I still see in incadescent and LED. I think some grocery stores still stock them in incandescent too.

I suppose smaller hardware stores and lighting specialist retailers would still have the mogul three way bulbs though. It's a shame there's no drop in option for mogul three way aside from the original 100-200-300w lamp too, you can even use a medium adapter without losing the three way option.

I have seen some mogul based bulbs with the 50/100/150W instead, but they seem much less common. Most I have seen are the Satco brand, but I have seen some vintage GE bulbs with that wattage combination.

Yeah I have seen the 3 ways in grocery stores, I haven't looked in a while though for them there.
 3   Lamps / Modern / Re: 3 way medium/mogul bulbs  on: September 25, 2022, 07:55:37 PM 
Started by Cole D. - Last post by wide-lite 1000
 Small hardware stores are definitely a good option for the mogul based 3-ways. I just got mine a couple of months ago from my local Do-It Best store for $5.99 . As far as I know, there's no option for a 3-way mogul to medium adapter without losing the 3-way option .
 4   Lamps / Modern / Re: 3 way medium/mogul bulbs  on: September 25, 2022, 07:35:06 PM 
Started by Cole D. - Last post by Mandolin Girl
Try looking for them on eBay.  :wndr:
 5   Lamps / Modern / Re: 3 way medium/mogul bulbs  on: September 25, 2022, 05:03:14 PM 
Started by Cole D. - Last post by joseph_125
I haven't seen the mogul three way incandescent bulbs in stores for around a couple years here. The medium three ways I still see in incadescent and LED. I think some grocery stores still stock them in incandescent too.

I suppose smaller hardware stores and lighting specialist retailers would still have the mogul three way bulbs though. It's a shame there's no drop in option for mogul three way aside from the original 100-200-300w lamp too, you can even use a medium adapter without losing the three way option.
 6   Lamps / Modern / 3 way medium/mogul bulbs  on: September 25, 2022, 04:43:34 PM 
Started by Cole D. - Last post by Cole D.
I have noticed lately, especially that the 3 way mogul bulbs are not as easy to find as they once were. Lowes used to sell the Sylvania brand and then GE but a year or two ago, they stopped selling them and they ended up at Habitat. (Since sold out, so I guess somebody has a use for them). I do still see them available at Ace Hardware stores, but the big box stores have stopped selling them it seems for the most part.

Not only that, but even medium base 3 way is getting less common too. Lowes has them but I did not see them at Home Depot or Walmart anymore.

It's not getting to where though 3 way lamps are sold yet the bulbs for them are getting difficult to find in the same store.
LED versions are available I guess but also not easy to find, and in many cases the bulb would cost more than the lamp.
 7   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: What was the 1st purple-shifted LED you've seen?  on: September 25, 2022, 04:38:52 PM 
Started by xelareverse - Last post by fluorescent lover 40
The first purple-shifted LEDs I've seen were retrofit kits that I don't know the manufacture of, in some park lights that were formerly HID. They actually did well when they were all working (not sure exactly when they were installed) but last year, it seems like they all got worse with some completely out, one flashing, and a few turning dim and purple and of course, all of them were replaced shortly after with new LED retrofit lamps.
 8   Lamps / Modern / Re: Why are 3500K and 4200K CCTs so uncommon among Japanese low wattage CFL lamps?  on: September 25, 2022, 03:31:58 PM 
Started by WorldwideHIDCollectorUSA - Last post by Medved
The early CFL's were expensive to make and not that mass produced, not justifying the wider color tone offerings. So only the warm white (2700 or 3000K), the daylight 5000/5500K and for the east markets (where the very high CCT was or maybe even still is seen as a kind of noble luxury) the really cold 6500..7000K. That means 3 color tones, quite enough for (at that time) non mainstream product...
 9   Lanterns/Fixtures / Modern / Re: What was the 1st purple-shifted LED you've seen?  on: September 25, 2022, 11:38:37 AM 
Started by xelareverse - Last post by icefoglights
Haven't seen any go purple, but I have seen plenty turn that yellow-green color.
 10   Lamps / Modern / Re: How Do People Get Great Photos of Arc Tubes & Electrical Discharge?  on: September 25, 2022, 09:54:21 AM 
Started by 108CAM - Last post by Max
If you want to take pictures of HID lamps during operation, then I strongly advise you to buy a neutral density filter to protect your camera sensor and to slow the shutter time down so you don't get those ugly bright-and-dark stripes in the output pictures. As far as cameras are concerned, those in current cell phones are now good enough for most photography. Just make sure your front lens is clean and that you use the "pro" mode in your app where you can control key parameters such as ISO setting, shutter time, white balance and exposure compensation... everything you need to get the results you want.

Also, you'll have to learn how to use your camera properly, because auto modes are more likely than not to screw with the rendering (like mercury lamps turning green). So, spend time learning about photography if you don't know anything about it already (yes, there's work involved), there's plenty of great resources available online for beginners.
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