Now Ive heard this so much that i just have to get a complete answer to it. Since they run on AC current, i wonder "Ok maybe this myth is right because i don't have a good enough understanding about alternatig current". The idea is that a flourescent bulb (sp?) uses more energy turning on then it will take to run for 30minutes to 1 hour. I figured i could try to guesstimate the OOM with DC current figuring "ok i dont think the estimation can be THAT far off using DC principles". When i did the math.... ok yah you need a power cable capable of 'hooking up' directly to a nuclear reactor . So im skeptical! I'm calling on hte experts! Does it require more energy to keep a flourescent bulb on for 30 minutes then it does to start the thing?