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DOA lamp - Philips Genie?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Zak, Feb 18, 2006.

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  1. Zak

    Zak Guest


    I purchased a Philips Genie lookalike from a large store (Hema) - I
    suppose it is a house branded version as it looks exactly the same.

    I used it in a lampshade I was building, and I was a bit put-off by the
    pinkish light. I also thought: "this shade seems pretty dark, but it
    should suffice".

    After a while decided to try an old CFL of the same wattage: much
    brighter light, perhaps by a factor of 5.

    The dud CFL also wasn't blindingly bright when looking at the tube: it
    was easy to see the welds in the glass, etc.

    It got pretty hot though. I returned it - but wonder what could be the
    cause of pinking start, low output, and normal to above-average heat.

    Guess I won't be buying them any more, unless I need the small size.

  2. For a while some of the Phillips lamps occasionally had a mercury issue
    that resulted in a dim output with the pinkish colour of the carrier gas
    becoming prominent.
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