The body of fluorescent lamp is made of powder coated glass fitted with aluminum end caps. For powder, there are 2 options, halogen powder and tri- phosphor. Fluorescent tube has 2 choice of powder coating. If you prefer a higher color rendering (CRI), tri-phosphor powder could be used for Ra80. If more economical model is preferred, halo phosphor of RA70 could be used. Both powders allow CCT customization ranging from 2700 – 6500K, which extra high CCT up to 8000-12000K is also possible. For decorative purpose or aqua plant purpose, we also have suitable powder which create color lights (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow) or plant growing spectrum. Compare with halogen power, tri-phosphor is higher quality, longer lifetime, higher efficiency and CRI. Halogen efficacy is usually 60-70lm/W, while tri-phosphor can make more than 80lm/W. Fluorescent lamp can reach 360° beam angle, the light is soft and not dazzle, more comfortable light than incandescent lamp and led lamps.
Fluorescent lamp work in the present of a ballast, which could be a magnetic ballast or an electronic ballast. Typically, T4, T5, T6 fluorescent lamp use electronic ballast (unless the tube power is low, magnetic ballast could be use). While T8, T10 and T12 fluorescent lamp can work with both electronic ballast and magnetic ballast. Magnetic ballast needs to be used together with a start to trigger initiation high voltage for the tube the light on. A fluorescent lamp on average, last 10 to 20 times longer to equivalent incandescent lamp when operated several hours a day. Standard lifetime of fluorescent lamps is 8,000 to 12,000 hours.
Fluorescent lamp has a wide range of applications. For example, they could be use in office or resident building in appropriate linear metallic fixture with ballast. They could also be used with reflector fixture in supermarkets and shopping malls to enhance appearance of merchandizes. They could also be use in wide range of projects including hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals which are usually in metallic framed lamp fixture. In parking lots or garages, tri-proof fixture fitted with fluorescent lamps are common outdoor lighting. There are also special DC modeled fluorescent tube which are used in machinery, airplanes as well as vehicles.