Fluorescent Lamps

In addition to a complete line of general lighting applications lamps, Interlectric offers you the following specialty light sources:

Actinic / Auarium Lamps
Actinic/Aquarium

Interlectric offers Aquarium / Actinic Lighting for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.

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Aerospace
Aerospace

Interlectric offers a variety of aerospace lighting.  For more information, please call us toll free at 1 (800) 722-2184.

Agriculture / Plant Growth
Agricultural

Plant growth lamps are used to control the growth, flowering, and maintenance of both indoor and outdoor plants.

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Appliance
Aplliance

Interlectric offers a variety of appliance lighting.  For more information, please call us toll free at 1 (800) 722-2184.

Entertainment
Entertainment

Interlectric offers a variety of entertainment lighting.  Our colored lamps and ultraviolet lamps are popular for creating special effects.

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Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum lamps come in four great colors: True Lite® , True Lite® Ultra, Artic Lite, and Trilumen 50.

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Market Lite Lamps
Market Lite

Market Lite® comes in three great colors to enhance the appearance of your products in the display case.

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Medical

Interlectric offers a variety of medical lamps including our Bili Blue lamps to be used in the treatment of be used in the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia.

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Merchandising
Merchandising

Interlectric’s full spectrum lamps and colored lamps are ideal for developing the perfect shopping environment.

Mining
Mining

Interlectric offers a variety of lighting products and lamps for mining.  For more information, please call us toll free at 1 (800) 722-2184.

Reprographic
Reprographic

Interlectric offers a variety of repgrophic lighting.  For perfect color matching, we reccomend our full spectrum lamps.

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Sign

10 foot lamps are available in three colors:

• Cool White CRI: 62 Kelvin temperature: 4200
• Daylight CRI: 76 Kelvin temperature: 6300
• Sign Lite CRI: 92 Kelvin temperature: 5000

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Standard Colored Lamps by Interlectric
Standard Colors

At Interlectric we carry a full line of fluorescent lamps to meet all your lighting needs.

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Tanning

Interlectric is one of the largest independent manufacturers of fluorescent lamps in the World, producing all its lamps in the U.S.A. We are dedicated to producing quality products to meet the needs of our customers.

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Ultraviolet

Interlectric offers blacklite and blacklite blues which provide short-wave ultraviolet light for various lighting needs.

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Wildlife Safe Lighting
Wildlife

Color safe fluorescent lighting with no tubeguard required for color.

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History
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  • The fluorescent lamp was introduced at the World’s Fairs in New York City and San Francisco in 1939. Within a few months fluorescent lamps were made available to the public. By 1940 Interlectric was manufacturing fluorescent lamps.

Components of a Fluorescent Lamp:

  • Tube . . Usually straight glass tubing. May also be circular or U-shaped glass.
  • Base . . Several different types of bases are used to connect the tube to the electric circuit (fixture) and to support the tube in the holder (socket).
    • Bi-Pin
    • Single Pin
    • Recessed Double Contact (RDC)
  • Phosphor . . Powders with which the inside of the fluorescent tube is coated. This coating on the inside of the tube transforms the ultraviolet radiation into visible light. By combining different phosphors in varying proportions, it is possible to produce lamps in a wide variety of colors. Some of the newer fluorescent colors require the use of a tri-phosphor. Tri-phosphor is a combination of expensive rare earth phosphors. Note: all fluorescent tubes appear white when not lighted, except Blacklite Blue, Gold, and Red.
  • Gas . . Usually argon or a mixture of inert gasses at low pressure. Krypton is sometimes used, especially in energy saver tubes.
  • Lead Wires . . These wires are connected to the base pins and carry the current to and from the cathode.
  • Exhaust Tube . . Air is exhausted out of the tube and the inert gas is added through this tube during the manufacturing process.
  • Cathode . . The cathode is coated with emissive material which emits electrons and is needed to generate an arc of electrons across the tube.

Workings of a Fluorescent Lamp:

  • Electrons flow from one electrode (cathode) to the other. Collisions between these electrons and the mercury atoms cause an emission of radiation in the ultraviolet region which is not visible to the naked human eye. When this ultraviolet energy hits the phosphor coating it “fluoresces”, generating wavelengths of light that are visible to the naked human eye. The phosphor converts the invisible ultraviolet energy into visible light.

Fluorescent Lamp System:

  • A fluorescent tube. A ballast (a device that controls or limits the flow of current in a circuit). Sockets (which support fluorescent tubes and provide electrical connections). A fixture (the device that holds the ballast, sockets, and tube).

Three Basic Fluorescent Types:

  • Preheat . . Introduced in 1939, the “original fluorescent lamp”. Cathodes must be preheated to electron emitting temperature before the lamp will light. Requires the use of a separate starter which supplies several seconds of current flow through the cathodes to preheat them between the time the tube is turned on and the time the lamp emits light.
  • Instant Start . . Introduced in 1944 to eliminate the slow starting of preheat lamps. Designed to withstand a higher starting voltage. Does not require any preheating of the cathode with the aid of a starter.
  • Rapid Start . . Introduced in 1952. Starts smoothly and quickly without the aid of a starter. The immediate heating of the cathode starts the tube in one to two seconds, and a lower starting voltage is required than with instant start.

Address

1401 Lexington Ave
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 1 (814) 723-6061
Fax: 1 (814) 723-6069
Toll Free: 1 (800) 722-2184

http://www.interlectric.com
Email: ic@interlectric.com

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