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Posted By Hearth Mistress,
Dec 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM
Yup, I blew that - don't know where I got x-rays from . I corrected my post.
I agree if you want to use fluorescent lamps as grow lights they need to be 2" away from the plants for the UV to have any affect.. On another note there are ballasted fixtures designed for cold weather applications but they are not CFL's..
Tried CFL's in the fish tank hood and it was lit up like Las Vegas! Not only that but they promoted algae growth.. Went back to incandescent after this.. BTW I have a couple really cool VERY old Edison lamps here rated in candle power with carbon filaments that came from an old electrical warehouse in Newport, R.I... The glass is hand blown.. Very cool
I don't think incans are anywhere near as bad as needing to be outright banned, I think this is almost silly. Especially with how much material (and toxins) are in cfls. Now I have plenty of cfl's too. But like some of the previous posters there are many applications I prefer incans. Also the extra power they consume - well since half the year I am running electric space heaters for supplimental heat I think the amount of extra power being consumed is null, as it nearly all lost as heat, which I utilize.
I think cfls are a half-assed solution. Regular flourescent can be more efficient anyhow, and they have been around forever but people dont like them mainly due to being ugly, and perhaps sizing issues. But I chose electronic ballasted T8's and T5's (some even with polished reflectors) straight flourescents for various spots around the house and garage. LED's I think are better solution, just too costly still.
I didn't realize teflon was quite this bad though! I mean I heard things, but dismissed them as the 'one in a million chance' of something happening or whatever. I havent found much anything else that I can cook omlettes on, though nice seasoned CI maybe but our current kitchen situation precludes the use of CI. Need something I can throw in the dishwasher. How do those hard anodized aluminum pans work I've never cooked on them before?
This is one application I went flourescent too but not cfls - I needed more light. Algae is a result of nutrients in the water (i.e. fish waste) and too much light. I'm sure cfl would be fine if you could get a smaller one with more equivelent output to what you replaced it with. For me I was growing plants in my tank so I needed a lot of light. I actually used T5's with a ballast designed for higher output lights, overdriving the bulbs to get a little bit more light.
These CFL lamps were actually designed for fish tanks but it was way too bright! The fish demanded tiny little sunglasses lol..
I read that the organic green pan is actually diamond dust embedded in ptfe. Folks haven't been happy to discover that and reports are that the pans don't stand up well. But so far they seem to like the yoshiblue, well at least at first. But it has problems too. The handle is heavier than the pan making it hard to stay flat on a burner. And after a short while food start sticking badly. I think we'll pass on this.