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Flouradescent Bulb

Have all types of bulbs in one bulb.
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I know alot of people hate flourescent lights but they do have a lot of good qualities. You may have seen the outdoor fluorescent bulbs encased in plastic. Well how about a bulb that is flourescent with an interchangable plastic color, for parties, and a changable incandescent bulb in between the flourescent tubes. You can change everything on them excpt the base. You screw in the base and can clip in different types of flourescent tubes on the base. In sbetween the flourescent tubes you can put in an incandescent black light or a normal incandescent light, the incandescent bulb being small but bright. Then if you want to change the mood of the room you can screw on different kinds of plastic shades. When different parts of the bulb burn out or break you can buy replacement parts at the store cheap instead of buying a whole new bulb. For example: If everything is fine on the bulb but the incandescent light burnt out you can just buy a replacement incandescent bulb instead of a whole new everything.
supergoof, Dec 19 2002

Colored Fluorescent Tube Covers http://www.thebird..../lights/lg5069.html
[half, Oct 17 2004]

Compact Fluorescent Lights http://www.nolico.com/saveenergy/
[half, Oct 17 2004]

Compact Fluorescent Black Light http://www.daytonam...ccessories/AC26.htm
5th item on the page [half, Oct 17 2004]

Circline http://www.energyco...ne_3-way_315277.htm
Fluorescent fixture that screws in to an ordinary light socket. This one will work in a 3-way lamp. [half, Oct 17 2004]


       What's the advantage of making one, big, complicated "bulb" over properly installing the components you want in a room in the first place? Any advantage of portability that this system might give you would be offset by the unwieldliness of the unit (would a ceiling-mounted socket be able to support this thing's weight?). I'm not saying the idea doesn't have merit (though personally I'd just market the "base" and sell the bulbs seperately), but I think these are valid considerations.
Pharaoh Mobius, Dec 19 2002

       Having a light fixture containing multiple types of bulb would seem like it could be a good idea. I think it's probably been done somewhere, but could probably be improved.   

       Many rooms will sometimes need bright light and sometimes need soft, dim light. For the latter, incandescents are most likely better (and the wattage low enough that power consumption isn't too big an issue). For the former, fluorescents have incandescents beat hands down. So use both.
supercat, Dec 19 2002

       I think I need a picture. I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out what [supergoof] is proposing.   

       There are fluorescent bulbs (not the traditional straight tube shape) which screw in to a conventional socket. There are colored covers for conventional fluorescent tubes. There are dimmers for fluorescent fixtures.   

       Is the idea a fluorescent tube with a socket for an incandescent bulb?
half, Dec 19 2002

       I think that supergoof was proposing a base (that held both fluorescent tubes and an incandescent bulb) that would screw into an incandescent bulb socket. At least, that's how I took it. Not a bad idea, but I'm not sure how well a light socket would support a base of significant size.
Pharaoh Mobius, Dec 19 2002

       The Circline does this, sort of. (link)
I don't see much reason to believe that an electronic "ballast" couldn't be configured in a package like the circline except for straight tubes. Tack on an additional socket for conventional bulbs.

       Having said that, I too am left with the question "What's the advantage?"
half, Dec 19 2002


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