and please nomore comments about my spellings.

And please nomore comments about my spelling

Posted by zeogeo13 11 years ago


coming soon a water proof dart

Coming soon a water proof dart

Posted by zeogeo13 11 years ago


10 Best Electronics Suppliers

First off, I would like to give notice to Electronics Projects for Dummies for most of this info.I wanted to make a site with many of the best sites to buy Electrical Parts, because it can sometimes be a strenuous activity. I have 10 here, because if you can't find something on one online store, you might be able to find it on the next.Reynolds ElectronicsReynolds Electronics is a good supplier of remote control components, micro controllers, and robot kits and parts. One feature that stands out on Reynolds Web site is the clear and helpful project/circuit tutorials. You can also find links for educational books on topics such as robotics and microcontrollers.Hobby EngineeringHobby Engineering is a sit slanted towards the hobbyist. This site carries some useful items that can be harder to find from other providers who are catered towards the corporate customer. it also has a good supply of micro-controllers, robot kits, parts, ad miscellaneous components and tools.All ElectronicsAll Electronics has an incredible selection of many of the useful items you would use to build your project. They are very inexpensive and it is easy to find your way around the site. This site also has a "consumer comments" section where the consumers get to talk about the quality of the product and more. (Thank you westfw)BG MicroBG Micro is a cool site for rare and pretty neat gadgets as well as a nice selection of alot of the items one will need for a weekend project. There is also a very nice search engine at the top which lets you search for an item you can't find on the left. (Thank you Las Vegas)Jameco ElectronicsJameco has a very nice site catalog. It's not very big that you sspect a forest was sacrificed in its making. I has great color photos with relatively easy to find components. This is one supplier wih a low price fuarantee which means that if you can show a part offered for less, the lesser price is honored. jameco also provides lower priced generic products as well as name brands.DigiKeyDigi-Key is a large distrbutor of components from various manufacturers, offering a very large catalog with lots and lots of choices. However, the site uses small print that might be hard to ead. The catalog includes line drawings but o part photos, but it does do an excellant job of labeling the parts. Overall, Digi-Key has a huge selection of products, but they might need a little looking to find them.loading...Mouser ElectronicsMouser ElectronicsAnother large distributor of components from various manufacturers is Mouser. I like how Mouser's site allows you to compile separate orders for different projects. You can come backa s many times as you like to complete your order and make your purchase. We also like how Mouser label parts because the labels are easy to read and provide alot of information about the specific part.Like Digi-Key, Mouser provides a very large catalog.RadioshackRadioshackEveryone knows Radioshack!. This electronics convenience store is pretty much like any food convenience store: CONVENIENT BUT EXPENSIVE. If you are stuck at 4:30 on a Sunday afteroon needing a small part to keep working on your project, this store is right for you. Be aware that not all radioshack are equal.Fry's ElectronicsFry's ElectronicsFry's has stores in nine states, and if you are lucky enough to live near one you can browse the isles in person. Fry's stocks all kinds of electronics and parts including an EXCELLANT selection of IC chips.Goldmine ElectronicsGoldmine ElectronicsIf you are in the market for bargains, try Electronic Goldmine.. This online store often offers sepcials that can save you money. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Electronics Goldmine offers great help with international orders and also offers wholesale items on auction on eBay.Quick Tip: Try clicking Electronic Goldmine Treasure Ball for the best deals!FuturlecFuturelec offers a very nicely done site with color photos of the parts that makes for easy browsin. Futurelec also offers semicnductor news links and also links to recently added parts to help you keep on the top of the latest and greatest as well as PCB design and manufacturing services.[htpp://maplin.co.uk Maplin]MaplinThe British suppplier Maplin has stores scattered around the U.K. and also offers an online store.Unlike electronic gadgets and appliances that operate on different voltages in European contries, electornic components are pretty standard. Although Maplin will ship overseas, you might want to check out U.S. Suppliers first.SparkfunSparkfun was originally a PCB Manufacturer, and turned in to a company well beyond their expectations! They have a large variety of PCBs, LEDs, and MANY more everyday electronics components. The site is well organized with so much to choose from!

Posted by Brennn10 11 years ago


Building a communication device

Hey guys - I was wondering if anyone could point me to any instructables or other how-to's that teach you how to build a device that can communicate over the air over a given frequency? I've searched around a bunch but I can't really find anything. (I'm also completely stupid when it comes to this kind of stuff.)

Posted by holyjaw 11 years ago


Tying your shoes.

I wanna know how to tie you shoes cool.I've seen people with theirs with like only the little ends sticking out.no knots. how do i do this? i wanna do this to my nss shoes.

Posted by JesusFreak 11 years ago


If i post this instructable, will it be taken down?

I'm planning to put "How to rapidly produce hydrogen gas (faster than electrolysis)"

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 11 years ago


Prizes??

I'm new and heard there were prizes for some comptetions. Is this true?

Posted by isitflamable451 11 years ago


Using an LED to write or draw onto paper?

Last night i went to a bar in brixton after seeing massive attack. In the bar there were frames on the walls with white paper inside and we were given LED torches similar to these LED Torch. When the torch is on you can use it to write or draw onto the frame and it leaves a glowing trail which slowly fades. I really want to know how its done, as it was very entertaining and quite trippy and i want to make one myself. If anyone has any ideas please reply.Cheers

Posted by jacknaz 11 years ago


fortune cookies

Does anyone know how to make an origami fortune cookie...I don't really want to buy a 'kit' just to know how?

Posted by akascout 11 years ago


iBook Overheating?

I've made a post on apple's forums and bumped it several times and no one wants to help me, I still haven't gotten one single reply and it's been almost a week. Anyways, I recently pulled it apart and took the heatsink off and put thermalpaste on the cpu and removed the thermal pad which was getting worn out by the looks of it. But now it runs rather hot, I'm not sure if it's always ran this hot or not as I was stupid and didn't look before it was apart. But it runs around 50-60 C idle with just msn on and up to 70 C when I play games. I'm really worried about this. Theres two adjustable nuts by the cpu and I thought I tightened it enough, should I just tighten it until it won't anymore? Thank you everyone that helps me. I know this isn't a computer forum, but I'm sick of waiting when I can see post after post being made and answered in the same forum I have mine in. Apples suck, yes they do

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago


Open-source Hardware License - creative commons-like license for stuff

Here on Instructables we offer authors the ability to wrap their Instructable with a variety of licenses, most notably the Creative Common Licenses (check here for your default license). These licenses only apply to the Instructable itself as a work that can be copyrighted; they do not apply to the idea presented in the Instructable. Under current law, the only way to protect the idea presented in the Instructable is through a patent. While we've toyed with the idea of a "publish this Instructable and apply for a provisional patent" button, patents are expensive and time-consuming. I have a few myself (through MIT and Squid Labs), and can say with some authority that getting a patent through the application process, defending it, and possibly licensing it is a game for corporations and is out of reach for most individuals. Roey asked me about this issue in regards to his Universal Nut Sheller (from here):"So we've figured out a way to make cheap molds anywhere in the world for the Universal Nut Sheller, https://www.instructables.com/id/EPNPAI9025EVYDUURQ/ our of concrete I'll be posting things as I go along. By the by, I was wondering if you guys had fully explored the legal issues dealing with these creative commons licences and technology. According to everything I'm aware of Creative Commons only applies to works that can be copyrighted. According to How Stuff Works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/question492.htm (admittedly not the best source) Copyrights are: Literary worksPictorial, graphic, and sculptural worksMusical worksSound recordingsDramatic worksPantomimes and choreographic worksMotion pictures and other audio-visual worksArchitectural worksand patents are: "any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof" I spoke to Jamie Love ( http://www.cptech.org/jamie/ ) about this and he told me that we need to get in contact with the folks that run Science Commons http://sciencecommons.org/ . Apparently their executive Director John Wilbanks also works for MIT. I've been trying but so far no luck. I'd be interested in hearing what you know about this area. I would love be wrong, it would be great if licencing our technology is as easy as picking a CC Licence, I'm just not sure that it is."I forwarded the question along to Eric Steuer, the Creative Director of the Creative Commons, who said:"A CC license can apply to the drawings and possibly the 3D shapes to the extent that the copyrightable elements are separable from the functional part, but there is no copyright in utilitarian designs - that stuff is better protected as a design patent (if it meets the threshold) and then he could apply a CC-like license to it...although given you only have patent rights by applying (as opposed to copyright that applies automatically) he could just not patent it and then everyone can use it..."Recently, people over at tapr.org released drafts of open-source hardware licenses. I got the following message from Jonathan Kuniholm at Duke asking for comments on the drafts: "I have spoken with each of you regarding our interest in the infrastructure for the sharing of hardware designs. An organization with its roots in amateur radio and open source software has released a draft of two open hardware licenses ( http://www.tapr.org/OHL ). I believe that the inspiration is primarily electronic hardware, but the concept addresses issues we have encountered in our work with The Open Prosthetics Project and its parent organization, the newly incorporated Shared Design Alliance. We have been interested in the ways that we might protect those who choose to share designs for public good from the possibility of having those designs patented out from under them or otherwise removed from the public domain, as well as helping them avoid the cost and time delays of patent protection for efforts from which they are not trying to profit. These draft licenses also address liability issues, which are another can of worms. I would be interested to hear thoughts from folks more knowledgeable than I about the effectiveness and potential pitfalls of such measures, given the difference between the issues surrounding physical designs and patents (for which there is currently no open license option outside of patent-related measures), and those surrounding items traditionally protected by copyright, which can currently be released under Creative Commons or GNU licenses ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ , http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html , http://www.fsf.org/ ). The TAPR folks have invited comment on their draft, and I think that this is as good an effort as I've seen so far. If you have interest or expertise in this area, please submit comments through the TAPR site, and please forward this to anyone else you know who may be interested."This is obviously an issue at the very core of open-source hardware and Instructables, so I encourage you to take a look and tell us what you think.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Playing with mains electricity

I'm of the belief that most of us have played, in some form or another, with mains electricity. Whether it be fixing the power cord we accidentally cut in two, or juicing up a computer psu... So. I'm wondering if any of you have an electrician's licence. Reason I'm asking is that in Australia, doing anything with mains power requires one. Playing with power sockets, power plugs or cords, installing lights etc. Firstly, do you have this problem in the US? I've seen a few projects which involve light fittings and licence-requiring activities, and I have to wonder whether you're all licenced to do this sort of thing, or whether you're all licenced. And just thinking that there could be a potential loophole in the regulations... If you hooked up two ac transformers to step down the step back up, so you're where you started, technically, you're not running off mains power... if you get my drift. anyway. you all ignore this little aspect of the law or what? cheers

Posted by infiniteregress 11 years ago


Firefox Vs Internet Explorer

I was going to call this "firefox rules" but thats a bit biased. Any way I wanna hear peoples veiws on the subject. Let the Battle Begin.

Posted by Ezza 11 years ago


acid that liquidphies matel

Frist you need hydrochloric acid ,{you can find this in bathtroom cleaner's}. then you will need ethylene and glycol. mix these things togather and you get acid {and not the type of acidthat makes you high, the one that melt's metal}.

Posted by zeogeo13 11 years ago


Dell Digital Jukebox

Well, I was cleaning up my room the other day and found an old Dell Digital Jukebox lying around and was wondering what I should do with it. I was at first thinking about installing linux onto it, but then decided to ask if you guys had any better ideas on hacking the Dell, whether it be soft mod or hard mod.

Posted by Cailen 11 years ago


k'nexs getting really old?

Am i the only one getting tired of seeing these k'nex guns posted page after page. the instructables are usually well done but can we stop posting these or maybe put a place for them here in the forum?

Posted by Jack Daniels 11 years ago


Mechanical Cover Flow

I was thinking of a project for a type of shelf for your CD jewel cases. It would be a way of presenting CD covers in a similar way to iTunes 7's cover flow. (see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/aa/CoverFlow_Screenshot.png) You could mount the cases and have a slider to flip through your CDs. Anyone know how this could be achieved?

Posted by spinach_dip 11 years ago


Mechanical Cover Flow

I was thinking of a project for a type of shelf for your CD jewel cases. It would be a way of presenting CD covers in a similar way to iTunes 7's cover flow. (see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/aa/CoverFlow_Screenshot.png) You could mount the cases and have a slider to flip through your CDs. Anyone know how this could be achieved?

Posted by spinach_dip 11 years ago


Sound Sensative LED

I wanted to make an LED board that I could wear on my shirt or hat that can sense bass sounds (like in and around 80Hz). I play House music, and it would be an awesome visual aspect, and wondered if someone had an instructable on it. Thanks

Posted by ColinMcNutt 11 years ago


Light(ish) and non flexible.

I am toying with the idea of putting together a non flexible notebook case. I really liked the look of my Timbuk2 sleeve and other sleeves out there, but they always leave out adequate support to prevent flex when in a messenger bag. I am pretty sure that being flexed across my back while cycling with a good amount of weight pressing on it killed the motherboard (twice!) on my old notebook and would like to avoid it again. I need some materials suggestions though. I need a non-flexible material to act as plates to be sewn into the outside covering of the case. Ceramic plate would be ideal, but the things that I have found are anti-ballistic and ridiculously expensive. Plate steel would work but it is heavy. Anyone out there with experience with plate steel or aluminum that can tell me how thin I can go without flex, or maybe some advice on materials that I haven't thought of?

Posted by triplenine 11 years ago


Please join the Climbing Club.

Alone. So alone.

Posted by randofo 11 years ago


Guitar Wireless... Bluetooth?

I am really interested in the possibilities of cheap instrument wireless, and thought it might be doable to hack a Bluetooth headset/receiver for short-range wireless. Has anyone ever hacked Bluetooth before?

Posted by lucashaley 11 years ago


Camera Flash Circuit

I know that it's pretty easy to cannibalize a camera flash to do some pretty simple things...but i find it difficult (probably by design) to solder things to these prebuilt boards (especially the "charge button"...that things not built for soldering)...i was wondering if someone could work up a circuit schematic with part numbers (or at least part identification) for a flash circuit like those in a disposable camera...so that someone could build it from scratch in whatever form factor they choose.

Posted by crapflinger 11 years ago


Home Audio Recordings

I have a Toshiba Satellite 1955-803S. I want to set up a recording studio for voice work. I am an old radio dog but haven't a clue as how to set this up. What will I need to buy, Mikes, cards, cans? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Bouche

Posted by bouche 11 years ago


wireless tachometer

We aim to do a miniproject -- contactless tachometer. using the principle of receiving the electromagnetic radiation emitted from the spak ignition engines using an antenna. the signal is ampliflied,filtered ,converted to pulses.using an ADC it is then converted to digital form , then counted and by making use of a lookup table,we aim to display the rpm using 1line 16 character alphanumeric display.PIC microcontroller is used for ADC,pulse counting ,storing lookup table and display interface.kindly post ur suggestions regarding this project..{{{}}}

Posted by jaas 11 years ago


Eco-conscious: -167 Watts and No Iron Wrinkle Solution

First, sorry for the blurry pictures - I've changed some sort of setting on my camera and now it's very difficult to get a good image without a tripod.I like canida's segments and thought I'd throw in some of my little bits. Not as significant, but in terms of consumption, every little bit helps ;)First, do you really need 180 watts of light in the bathroom? Personally, most of the time I'm either in the shower or taking care of nature's call as opposed to actually using the mirror.Estimating 2 hours/day usage. We save a little more than 10KwH monthly. So about $1 a month (this bulb pays for itself in 2.5 months).Second. I don't like my dryer. Some of my clothing is air dried or only partially dried by machine. Wrinkles are a problem for me. So my anti-iron solution is a hook in the bathroom. After a few showers (or one way too hot shower), the moist air will release most of the wrinkles. If you really need every wrinkle out - then fine, go ahead and fire up the iron. An alternative to an iron is a steamer. I have the kind that you add a little salt to the water and uses much less power than a conventional iron (this statement was verified empirically).Perhaps there should be a group :) "Semi-Off Grid" :P

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago


programable led

I have a project that requires a board with multiple led's that each led can be programed to blink at specific frequencys. i then will run plastic fiber optitics to the location where the light is to display. i have no idea were to start with this.... so i ask - jt

Posted by wavejumper 11 years ago


self tying shoelace

Ok i know im gonna get alot of crap cause people hate it when i ask them this but the self tying shoelace i dont really feel like spending 20 bucks 4 that and ive been doin magic 4 awhile like 3 years and i just wanna know how to do it if you dont feel like syin it you can emial me at pyrokid648@mac.com thanks

Posted by pyrokid648 11 years ago


Powering a device from radio waves?

I was just curious, but I was told someone was arrested fpr powering their house from a tv signal (illegal I know), but I was wondering if there would be any case where it would be legal to utilise my own RF signal as the source of power for some devices, and how is it possible?

Posted by MoonDemon 11 years ago


Powering a device from radio waves?

I was just curious, but I was told someone was arrested fpr powering their house from a tv signal (illegal I know), but I was wondering if there would be any case where it would be legal to utilise my own RF signal as the source of power for some devices, and how is it possible?

Posted by MoonDemon 11 years ago


Powering a device from radio waves?

I was just curious, but I was told someone was arrested fpr powering their house from a tv signal (illegal I know), but I was wondering if there would be any case where it would be legal to utilise my own RF signal as the source of power for some devices, and how is it possible?

Posted by MoonDemon 11 years ago


remo-pulleys I need an instructable

I need an instructable for a remote controlled pulley. this means, a pulley that would push/pull a rope by use of remote controlled servos, and a pulley. (other supplies may be used) if you've ever done anything like this, please post the instructable now. I need the info for a shop class project.

Posted by mexx.admin 11 years ago


Polishing large stones

I am looking for some advice on polishing large stones. I am from New Jersey, and there is a plentiful supply of bog iron. I can't dig a hole in the ground in my yard deeper than 8 inches without coming across some of it. Some stones are small but most wiegh about 20 to 30 lbs. I have several that are at least 150 lbs. I have tried to use them in as many ways as I can think of to decorate my yard. But bog iron is not always an attractive stone. I have seen some small polished samples on the internet and I like the way they turned out. I would like to try and polish some of my larger stones. I could do it by hand but it might take months or even years. I'm not sure what a sandblaster would do to it, but I don't own one and am not looking to buy one. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for a faster way to polish a large stone. Thanks in advance.

Posted by feign 11 years ago


iPaper PICS!

I was bored and made this iPod paper case.Here are some pics http://www.uploadwiz.com/WIZ921405034.Who likes it?Should I make a instructable about it?Tnx

Posted by reptie7 11 years ago


How do I safely???

How do I safely transport, store, and handle potassium perchlorate. How do I safely store flash powder?

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 11 years ago


Hello!

I just joined this group. I'm going out and hopefully getting a tub of K'nex today. The guns look really cool to make and design! In my mind I've been plotting out some ideas, so hopefully I'll be contributing some K'nex guns!

Posted by linkmaster03 11 years ago


Electronic help required - independently powering a CCFL

Hi, a friend of mine recently had a problem with a laptop where the screen went dim. I tried the obvious, screen settings (it didn't have a monitor swith-off button :S ) and reset the bios with no luck, so I thought that the problem was probably related to either the cable, the inverter or the backlight. I tried a new lcd screen with a known-working backlight and it failed to work. I also purchased a new cable and a new inverter but the backlight still failed to turn on. This now points me in the direction of a motherboard problem. I am going to take a multimeter and test the voltages going from the inverter and to the inverter. If these appear to be correct, is there any way that I can get the backlight to turn on? If the voltages are correct I would assume it's something to do with the light control and stuff, and wonder if I was to say, disconnect all the wires from the inverter but dc supply and ground (and I think there is a connection to the oscillator?), would it work? If there is no voltage going to the inverter, does anyone know how I could power the backlight independently? I would imagine it would take some sort of power regulator and maybe a separate inverter? Thanks

Posted by MoonDemon 11 years ago


Spy corner !

STOP wasting money for spy equipment ! I would like to build my own amatorial spy stuff. And I would like to start with this WALL MICROPHONE. Is it possible to do it with a stethoscope, an amplifier and a digital microphone ?!??!

Posted by fedar.raques 11 years ago


what is the best kind of blade to make out of knex?

I'll go with short swords and daggers.

Posted by wyatt913 11 years ago


group

We need more people

Posted by ballad of NJ 11 years ago


how to make a mooninite (site)

My friend found this linkhttp://www.cupitup.com/

Posted by frank26080115 11 years ago


stamping on leather

Hey I wanna stamp on leather i know how to do that but my problem is i wanna create my own logo for the stamp and i can go and buy a iron stamp so i can stamp on leather but then it is not my own logo so i wanna create my own logo on a iron stamp just like the picture below or something like that or is there a nother way to stamp on leather?

Posted by shat01 11 years ago


Offer

I offer your group to join mine (or those that want to). I am trying to create one giant group to cover all dangerous types of topics. If you want to, just join, ;).

Posted by --Thatguy-- 11 years ago


Offer

I offer your group to join mine (or those that want to). I am trying to create one giant group to cover all dangerous types of topics. If you want to, just join, ;).

Posted by --Thatguy-- 11 years ago


Offer

I offer your group to join mine (or those that want to). I am trying to create one giant group to cover all dangerous types of topics. If you want to, just join, ;).

Posted by --Thatguy-- 11 years ago


valves manufacturer and exporter

Http://www.jochvalve.comZhongquan Group Valve Co., Ltd. mainly manufactures the valves with such standards as American ANSI/API, Japanese JIS, German DIN and Chinese GB. It’s main products including Gate Valve, Globe Valve, Check Valve, Ball Valve, Butterfly Valve, etc. The size ranges from DN15 to DN1050. The pressure ranges from Class 150 to Class 2500. And the main materials of the products are WCB, WCC, WC6, WC9, CF8, CF8M, CF3, CF3M, LCB, A105, etc. We can produce according to the clients’ special requirements. The products are widely applied to the field of petroleum, chemical, metallurgical, power, fuel gas, city pipeline networks and so on. Our products are exported to Southeast Asia, Europe, Unite States, Middle East and other countries. With high content of technology and reliable quality, our products enjoy a good reputation. Zhongquan Group Valve Co., Ltd. mainly manufactures the valves with such standards as American ANSI/API, Japanese JIS, German DIN and Chinese GB. It’s main products including Gate Valve, Globe Valve, Check Valve, Ball Valve, Butterfly Valve, etc. The size ranges from DN15 to DN1050. The pressure ranges from Class 150 to Class 2500. And the main materials of the products are WCB, WCC, WC6, WC9, CF8, CF8M, CF3, CF3M, LCB, A105, etc. We can produce according to the clients’ special requirements. The products are widely applied to the field of petroleum, chemical, metallurgical, power, fuel gas, city pipeline networks and so on. Our products are exported to Southeast Asia, Europe, Unite States, Middle East and other countries. With high content of technology and reliable quality, our products enjoy a good reputation.

Posted by jochvalve 11 years ago


help with a chaser board

Hi all i am very very new to all of this and i am working to light up a model if you can help me i would be very great full. Ok so i want to connect Led 1 threw 5 to the 555 timer and 6and 7 to be solid on. The resistors are 1/4 W 5% 470R OHM I was told to put the resistors on the negative point of the LED for the chasers. Do i need to put some on the Solid ones? I am using 4 AA Batteries for power and that gives me 6V. All of the lights will be in a serial circuit. The chasers Led are 3mm 5.0V @ 20mA The solid Led are 3mm 3.6V @ 20MA The fun part: How do i connect it all together? I bought a Breadboard and i am trying to figure it out lol !!! Now i was told that the timer chip is to bridge the gap image 2 That i also has to connect the the bottom and top of the gap like so image 3 OK so on the breadboard the resistors go parallel? from the 555 chip image 4? And the Led goes like this for the chaser image 5 ? Any help would be great and thanks

Posted by doormanwade 11 years ago


Further Experimentations in Cardboard

I have no clue where this is going...

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


best distraction

What do you guys thinks is the best (flash bang or smoke) distraction. It would be personaly magneseume and phoshpate ( hard to get ingredinents) for a good flash. For a smoke distraction it would be salt peter and sugar ( has to be cooked).

Posted by 0-Xero-0 11 years ago


Eco-conscious: Compact Fluorescents

My friend Rawhide did a decent bit of research into the best type of compact fluorescent lightbulb, so I'm sharing is findings here. Do you have anything to add?Rawhide on compact fluorescents:In all my web searching I couldn't find a truly exhaustive comparison on lightbulb stats. Even Energyfederation.org, which was the most comprehensive, didn't list the CRI for all of its bulbs. What I did realize was that the "bright white" bulbs I bought from Home Depot were of the wrong color temperature to mix with incandescents and that is why they looked so cold. I also found a couple of people who really liked N:Vision, the Home Depot brand.So I decided to give Home Depot another shot and exchanged the bright whites for soft whites. Curiously, when I went back the CF bulbs had a big display that wasn't there the week before with the bulbs I wanted in $9 4-packs, which was much cheaper than the individual bulbs.I replaced all the bulbs in our living room and dining room and I (and the nameless other) find the light quality to be quite good---it wasn't possible to distinguish the CF from the incandecent bulbs once they warmed up. If you look at the light in the room as a whole, there is the slightest bit of 'vibration', but it's really not noticable unless you're looking for it.Net savings: 600W->140W to light the two rooms. Awesome.Finally, as a coda to my quest for compact flourescents, I learned that Massachusetts is offering a $2 rebate per package for Energy Star lights and that Home Depot also sells 6-packs for $10. So, you can get 60w replacement bulbs for $1.30 rather than $4 or $5 you sometimes see. http://www.myenergystar.com/rebates.aspx Retailers need to supply the coupons, which are instant rebates at the register. There are also bigger rebates, like $75 off a dryer and $20 off a torchiere light fixture.

Posted by canida 11 years ago