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Last post 03-09-2012 6:53 AM by directlight. 7 replies.
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  • 01-12-2008 12:39 PM

    • Kris
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    lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

    My problems is with the lampshades for the new energy saving CFL light bulbs.

    The old fashioned 'harp' style does not fit over the new CFL bulbs. The shades

    that sit over the fixture and then you screw the bulb in place to hold it sometimes doesn't work

    because the bulb does not screw down far enough into the socket to make

    contact. The type that fits over the bulb and is held in place by a

    finial is sometimes is too close to the CFL bulb.In other words, the shade doesn't fit because the bulb

    is too 'tall'. Any ideas?

     

  • 01-12-2008 12:52 PM In reply to

    • Pat
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    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

     I hope someone comes up with something, because I have one lamp they fit in and that's it. I have a floor lamp that the shade is too narrow to accommodate the lower end of the bulb, another one that takes two bulbs and the glass shade is too narrow and another one that takes a clip on shade which of course doesn't work with them. I use them in two ceiling fixtures (hall and office) but neither of the covers fit over them, so I leave them off.

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  • 01-12-2008 5:23 PM In reply to

    • Edey
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    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

    Just this week we went out and bought the CFL daylight bulbs and replaced the older CFL bulbs and as many incandescents as we could. I hated the orange glow of the older CFL bulbs. I tried one pack of the daylight bulbs and was hooked. The light they put out is much, much better; they are like having a skylight in each room.

     I too have some desk lamps that have the shade that clamps on top of the bulb so haven't been able to replace those. I may just have to replace the lamp itself. Now I have a box full of the old bulbs. Any suggestions what to do with them?  E

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  • 02-18-2008 12:53 PM In reply to

    • Pat
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    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

     Did anyone see this on Dollar Stretcher today?

    CFL Bulbs and Lampshades 

    It has some information about this problem that I found helpful!  

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  • 03-02-2008 7:44 PM In reply to

    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

    I just went through my closets and cleaned out a bunch of stuff.  I also had a lot of regular bulbs left....so they are going to good will with the other stuff.  Get for tax deductions...

  • 04-06-2008 10:26 PM In reply to

    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

    Hi. Regarding what to do with the old bulbs--I read something just recently about disposing of these bulbs.

    We're not supposed to just throw them away like we used to; there are special things to do with them
    because of what they contain.
    But of course I can't remember where I saw the article; could you call your sanitation dept and check
    with them as to disposal?

     

  • 06-26-2009 5:50 PM In reply to

    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

    There is now a solution to getting clip-on lampshades to fit the coiled spiral sahped CFL's! For the same amount of money it costs to buy a single round CFL bulb (about $4.00) you can buy a kit that will adapt FOUR CLIP-ON LAMPSHADES! Visit www.magictoob.com to find out more and see a demonstration!!

    Jack

  • 03-09-2012 6:53 AM In reply to

    Re: lampshades for CFL lightbulbs

    As per my knowledge, for whatever reason in tabletop lamps with a lampshade the CFL lights are ok. But when I use them in overhead lights I don't like the glow.

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