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people are still using incandescent bulbs in villages. This maybe
because they are not aware of it or they are not able to afford it.
Though the use of CFLs or LEDs will benefit them in the long run, they
are not educated about the importance of energy saving therefore; they
tend to always buy normal bulbs only. However it could be that outside
of the metro areas, power generation rates are government subsidized, so
there is not much incentive to switch over to save money. The older
bulbs will no longer be manufactured starting next year, so eventually
the village stores won't have them to sell to customers as warehouse
supplies deplete. Energy Saving LED
Most modern dimmers provide normal energy savings. They reduce the total amount of watts consumed on the circuit. Many years ago, dimmers only reduced the watts consumed as light - making up the difference as heat in the dimmer switch. A 100W light turned down to 1/2 wattage at a dimmer switch resulted in 50 watts of light at the bulb, but 50 watts of heat was created in the switch. That was zero energy savings. The newer electronic dimmers will still let 50 watts be used as light, but only a few watts as heat in the switch.
To maximized energy savings, use of new cold cathode technology lights such as CFL (compact fluorescent lamp), LED (Light Emitting Diode), etc. types are suggested. You can use these lamps on a dimmer to furrther reduce the amount of energy used - but only if the lamp indicates that it is dimmable.
If the lamp or fixture does not specifically state it can be used on a dimmer, don't. This includes powering a light through a dimmer that is set to maximum brightness. Use a standard non-dimming switch instead.
Three possibility for the strobe problem: 1. Loose wire connection. Shut down the circuit breaker, pull down the switch, open the ceiling fan cover and check for any loose wiring connected to the main bulb, If there isnt any, remove the bulb and spray WD-40 or contact cleaner to the receptacle. Replace the bulb.
2. Replace the bulb with a new one. Preferably incandescent or a warm white energy saver.
3. There maybe ghosts fooling around. (I'm kidding)
The HV and HOT have failed. This is a very common failure for rptv sets. The HV is derived from the Horizontal Output Transistor and is distributed sequentially to the three projection tubes; there is much power and energy going on when it is working properly; when it fails you will know it in many ways not unlike exactly what you have witnessed. The repairs will be over $200 but should be less than $400; all depends on the exact components (there are over 200 of them in the two circuits mentioned) that are defective. You will need a tv tech to make the repairs. First it will be necessary to determine exactly which components have failed and why; then they must be procured and replaced. Not a trivial matter; but that is what us tv techs do.
THIS TV HAS KNOWN PROBLEMS WITH PICTURE TUBE FAILURES AND I WILL PREDICT THAT AT SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE EVEN IF YOU GET IT REPAIRED NOW, ONE OF THE REMAINING TUBES WILL START GIVING YOU PROBLEMS. YOU HAVE THREE TUBES IN THIS UNIT (RED,GREEN & BLUE) AND THE RED TUBE IS DEFECTIVE. SORRY FOR THE NEWS BUT JUST TRYING TO SAVE YOU THE ULTIMATE COST FOR REPAIRS, FOR A PICTURE TUBE REPLACEMENT AND SUBSEQUENT SET UP IS A MAJOR & COSTLY REPAIR. HOPE THIS HELPS