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  Home Automation with Mac OS X, Part 1
Subject:   Higher Wattage?
Date:   2004-02-14 21:49:14
From:   jb-
Response to: More on X10 and Plug'n Play

Most of the florescent lights I have are lower wattage than similar standard bulbs. I think the difference is that very few florescent bulbs can handle the variable wattage (and it's bad for motors such as those in appliances too). This page at GE Lighting says florescent lights can be on a dimmer if they have a dimmable ballast.