Fluorescent lamps are a very low pressure mercury-vapor gas discharge lamp that uses an electric current to charge the gas inside the bulb. This produces an ultraviolet wave length which causes the phosphor coating to produce a visible light.
Most common in commercial lighting, we stock a wide variety of fluorescent bulbs, including various shapes, sizes, and colors.
You can identify the shape of the fluorescent bulb by letter:
F= Linear Fluorescent
FB= U-Bent Fluorescent
FC= Circuline Fluorescent
The size of the bulb is given by the number:
T12= 12/8 inch diameter (1.5 inches)
T8= 8/8 inch diameter (1 inch)
T5= 5/8 inch diameter
These are the most common, but there are many more.
The color of the bulb may be given by letters or by the color temperature.
WW= Warm White (3500K)
CW= Cool White (4100K)
D= Daylight (5000K)
For standard light fixtures, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) are designed to replace old technology such as incandescent lamps. They are made to fit into most existing light sockets. CFLs can use up to one-fifth of the energy and can last up to five times longer in some instances. While they can be a little more expensive than incandescent bulbs, you usually save time and money by not needing to replace bulbs as often and lowering your electric bill. They do contain a small amount of mercury so we recommend recycling them with care.
We carry a variety of CFLs, including:
Call us today for more information on availability and pricing