As we all know, CFLs are difficult to recycle, even though they have their good qualities. According to Instructables user “unknownpocketnerd,” we now know how to cannibalize a CFL for parts to make a Joule Thief and a small step down DC converter from CFL guts! Thanks, unknownpocketnerd!
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