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Not all ammeters are good on non sinusoidal waveforms, and in addition to that, the thermal loading on the triacs is worse when switching closer to the peak of the AC wave.

If it gets too hot, then you have a problem, if not, then no problem :)

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I am assuming since he wants to run them with LOR he will be cycling them on and off. Even if he only does every few minutes, the lag time would be unpredictable.

Everytime you ignite a flourescent light, it solidifies some of the mercury vapor, hense you start to see a darkening end on a bulb until there is not enough mercury vapor in the atmosphere of the flourescent bulb anymore and they no longer ignite.This is why a flourescent will last 7 years if run 24 hours a day continuously lit, but might only last 3 if turned on and off a couple times a day. IN an animated Christmas display you can get 2 years worth of wear and tear from igniting in a single night - hense they wont last.

On the other hand Compact Flourescent lights have a great place in "inflatables" for a Christmas display. Sam's Club has 5 pack of candelabra style CFL's for $15 that fit perfectly in inflatables. Most inflatables carry 5 CFL's each and replacing the 25 watt bulbs with 7 watt candelabra CFL's you save 90 to 100 watts per inflatable and double the brightness and improve the glow dramatically in these.

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CFL is a useless technology for this sort of thing, the desire for less mercury in them gives us these stupid long warmup times because the amalgams used in them have a higher operating temperature then older style fatty tubes like used in office lights etc. Putting a coloured gel/filter on them to get the colours you want just reduces the efficancy, whereas the LED PAR-38 and PAR-30 lights are much more efficiant because they are only making the desired wavelenght light rather then makeing the lot and then blocking most of it.

If you are able to not dim them, they are great. Rapid flashing may cause problems depending on if the controller is smart enough to wait for a zero crossing for turnon.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. Stupid amalgams get on my nerves too. LOL

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I had read in a thread somewere, were someone mad a Youtube video comparing LED spotlights a regular flood lights.

Does anyone know were to find a link to this video?


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