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Re: shop lights

I know the bulbs lose their effectiveness and should be replaced every
yrear, but I usually use them until they burn out or sometimes do replace
them as the ends start getting too dark.  Would ineffective bulbs have any
bearing on the life of the electronic starter?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 5:39 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] shop lights

> Kitty wrote:
> > Hmmm....I didn't look inside.  I think I've had these for various
lengths of
> > time, 5 to 15 years.  Cheapies, about $10.
> > I just looked at WalMart; they have 3 kinds from $8 to $15, and they all
> > electronic.  One reads: "cold-start electronic ballast".
> > I doubt I'd no haow to change the ballast anyway.  Just wondering why
> > might last 20 years while another only a few years.
> > Which is better aluminium or electronic?  Or does it matter now since
> > electronic is all that seems to be available?
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> The starters are not concealed, but project out of the center ridge of
> a 2-light fixture; if they're not obvious to the unaided eye, then you
> don't have them and so must have electronic ballasts. The latter are
> definitely preferable, if only for the lack of starters which have to
> be replaced. Do you replace the bulbs maybe yearly, or are they all black
> at the bulb ends ?
> -jrf
> -- 
> Jim Fisher
> Vienna, Virginia USA
> 38.9 N 77.2 W
> USDA Zone 7
> Max. 95 F [36 C], Min. 10 F [-12 C]
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