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Old 08-27-2019, 03:39 AM
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Default My CFL Light Bulbs Died From a Power Outage. How About Yours?

've used the CFL (compact fluorescent) twisty bulbs for several years.
Saturday night around 9:00 P.M. we had a driver ram a power pole. The lights were on at the time. The illumination dropped down to a low and rapid brownout flicker.
And then, nothing.

No power. The repair crew came out and had it repaired and restored by 2:30 A.M., but they loused the repair. We then only had low voltage. The heavy duty appliances, the refrigerator, the central air, were not running. The CFLs were not lighting. Only the two incandescent bulbs still in use were working, emitting a low amber glow, but adequate to see against the darkness.

I got on the phone on Sunday morning and talked to The Department of Water and Power Customer Service. Actually, I tried their autobot system. It repeated that repairs had been completed. So I then called for a live rep to talk to. This was at 6 A.M. The rep told me that they would send somebody out by 1:30 P.M. I asked her if anybody else had called in, and she said "Yes, but not from around your area". I then stepped out and some of my neighbors in fact had called and talked to a live rep hours earlier.

By 11:30 A.M. the power was truly restored, but then I found that the CFL bulbs were only emitting a low brown glow at full power. Apparently the rapid long flickering of the power, just before the blackout, had damaged the CFL bulbs which now have to be replaced. The incandescent bulbs are still fine, though they of course won't last the month.

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