1979 - Volume #3, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Bulb Cuts Watts In Half
The donut-shaped Killer Watt fluorescent bulb screws into any lamp socket or fixture to replace the conventional incandescent bulb. Depending on the wattage desired, one or two bulbs are used.
Killer Watt inventor Jack Miller says the average incandescent bulb lasts about 750 hours whereas a fluorescent bulb lasts 12,000 hours. "If you burned a normal bulb 4 hours a night, it would last about 6 months. But a converted Killer Watt fixture would burn for 8.3 years," he says.
Invention of the smaller fluorescent unit mounted in the center of the unit made the converter possible. Miller says it has the low maintenance and energy-saving qualities of large commercial units but is much easier to use for lighting arpund the house.
Fluroescent bulbs cost about 50% less to opperate yet give off the same light as regular bulbs. Estimates are that about 10% of a home's utility bills are for operating lights so 5% of the utility bill could be saved.
A single-bulb Killer Watt converter, equivalent to a 60 watt lightbulb, sells for $14.99. A 120 watt doublebulb and converters for ceiling fixtures are also available.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alan Fried, president, Johnson Industries, 2638 Yates Ave., Los Angeles, Ca. 90090.
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