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Compact Fluorescent Lamp Repair
Now that incandescent lamps are joining CRTs on their way to obsolescence, we are finding compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and white LEDs, for spot lighting, growing in familiarity. Like all electronics, CFLs eventually fail. Decrying the throw-away mentality and with the requisite skills already in hand (or head), the inquisitive engineer or technician will explore the possibilities of CLF repair. Happily, this is usually not difficult.
Shown below is a CFL that was repaired and still on the electronics bench…
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