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What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « on: April 08, 2018, 06:29:11 PM » Author: F96T12 DD VHO
Taken a while back during winter when it got to 10 deg f that morning and the CFL was about to give up  Cheesy

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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 07:32:25 PM » Author: Lumex120
When it got to -25 here a while back the CFL in my garage wouldn't even start. It just glowed at the ends. It was instant start too.
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 09:02:14 PM » Author: HomeBrewLamps
at my old house, we have a couple of post top lights that have CFL's in them (they've had the same CFL's for 12 years now) they start, but take a while to warm up when it gets in the 10's of degrees... any higher and they're happy.
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 09:14:01 PM » Author: Lumex120
at my old house, we have a couple of post top lights that have CFL's in them (they've had the same CFL's for 12 years now) they start, but take a while to warm up when it gets in the 10's of degrees... any higher and they're happy.
You have post lights? Lucky you, I have a 75w MV postline ballast I really want to put to use but I have nothing to put it in.
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 09:43:06 PM » Author: HomeBrewLamps
You have post lights? Lucky you, I have a 75w MV postline ballast I really want to put to use but I have nothing to put it in.

Well.. at my old house we do.. There is two, one on each side of the front side walk, then there is a security light in the back, which has had the same bulb for the past 40 years or so, still nice and bright, it is a NEMA  if I recall correctly. The house I live in currently has the security light (175W MV) which I recently fitted with a westy, Motion activated garage flood lights, fitted with 75Watters I believe (they are rarely used) then we got the ceiling mounted porch light up front, with a 13W 2700K CFL in it.
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 12:55:34 PM » Author: hannahs lights
Ive got a CFL in the light on my upstairs landing  in cold weather it would blow dimly and keep flashing bright for up to 30 seconds til it lit journal in more normal temperatures it flashes for maybe 5 seconds so it definitely struggled in the cold. Ive never known a CFL like this it starts more like a preheat its odd but I'm not complaining!
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 01:41:58 PM » Author: Miss Cuddly
Taken a while back during winter when it got to 10 deg f that morning and the CFL was about to give up  Cheesy

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At that temperature I give up as well...  Cheesy
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 01:46:51 PM » Author: MissRiaElaine
At that temperature I give up as well...  Cheesy
I give up a lot before that..! I'm distinctly uncomfortable at anything below 70F (sorry, don't do C)
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #8 on: April 30, 2018, 07:59:44 PM » Author: xmaslightguy
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I give up a lot before that..! I'm distinctly uncomfortable at anything below 70F (sorry, don't do C)
Then what happens to you when it gets down to... say the -10F to -20F range?? .lol.
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #9 on: May 01, 2018, 07:09:18 AM » Author: MissRiaElaine
Then what happens to you when it gets down to... say the -10F to -20F range?? .lol.
Fortunately it doesn't get that cold here  Grin  Lowest we get is a few degrees below freezing sometimes in winter, but apart from that it's fairly ok most of the time. It gets as cold as I can tolerate here (with a thick coat on..!)

At -10 F I would curl up and hibernate  Shocked
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Re: What happens when you try to strike a CFL in Aspen? « Reply #10 on: May 01, 2018, 08:17:45 AM » Author: F96T12 DD VHO
Maybe sometime I'll post a video with a CFL trying to strike in a freezer that gets to temps 60 below zero!

I don't think any ballast can withstand -60 Deg F/not even the "cold start" ones
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