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Old 07-07-2002, 01:56 PM
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i work at an electrical wholesaler and sell lamps all the time. the problem with regular bulbs is the filaments aren't designed to take abuse, obviously. You can get rough-service lamps which have a heavier filament but they only have an average life of about 500-1000 hrs, compared to standard lamp life of 6000 hours. Another option is a traffic signal lamp. They're usually 69W or 116W and are good for vibration and also have a life of about 8,000 hours. They probably cost somewhere around $6-$8/ea.

anyway, the flourescents that you mentioned are known as compact flourescents and you can probably get up to about 26W or so to fit in a regular trouble light. You can buy them one-piece or you can get an adapter to go from an incandescent socket to a compact flourescent base, some are known as PL lamps. You could probably buy a PL13 for about $4.00. These flourescent lamps are good too because flourescents usually have an average life of 20,000 hours.

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