Using CFLs with Electronic Timers
For advanced CFLs, timing shouldn't be a problem, our expert says.
 
I heard that CFLs do not work with electronic timers. Is this true?
The more advanced screw-in CFLs (like those made by TCP Inc.) have electronic ballasts, so they should be compatible. Also, the fixture manufacturers are mostly using electronic ballasts in their hard-wired fixtures. The type of ballast should be listed in the specifications. Most of what the consumers are buying are the less expensive CFLs with magnetic ballasts.
Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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