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Thread: Power Grid
face BY : Bob Blick email (remove spam text)

>         I wonder too why most of the rest of the world uses the 50Hz and 220
> voltage instead of the 60Hz and 110v.  The line losses might be less at
> higher voltages but I would also assume you get "shocked" only once with
> 220.

Fluorescent bulbs last longer, other than that I can't think of any
overriding reason for it.

50Hz is really awful with regards to television, the flicker bothers me.
Otherwise PAL format is very nice compared to NTSC. 60Hz PAL would be
great. There's probably some region of the world that does it, television
standards are not standard. There's definitely 50Hz NTSC in some places.

-Bob Blick

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