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Ideas for choosing the best fluorescent lights for your unique style
At Bellacor, our collection of fluorescent lights helps you brighten up your space while complementing your personal sense of style. Shine a light on your culinary creations with kitchen fluorescent light fixtures, or add semi-flush or flush mount fluorescent lights for well-lit transitions. Hang a fluorescent ceiling light with a built-in fan in high-traffic rooms for brilliant illumination and comfortable airflow, or add outdoor wall mounts and posts to your home’s exterior for brighter pathways, patios, porches and decks. These fluorescent light fixtures accommodate contemporary, traditional and industrial aesthetics with a range of finishes like polished nickel, classic white and rich oil-rubbed bronze.
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Key differences between fluorescent lights and other lights
Fluorescent lighting fixtures differ from other lighting designs thanks to their composition and performance. Generally speaking, fluorescents provide brighter light than LED bulbs and are more efficient than incandescent styles. Fluorescent lighting is made with mercury vapor gas, which is why the EPA recommends that they’re taken to recycling centers rather than disposed of in landfills. LED lights last longer than fluorescent bulbs, while fluorescent light fixtures last longer than incandescent bulbs. An incandescent typically lasts between 800 and 1,500 hours. Fluorescent bulbs last between 10,000 and 50,000 hours, and LEDs have a rated life of approximately 50,000 hours.
What to look for in the best fluorescent lights
The right fluorescent fixtures for you comes down to your lighting needs and styling preferences. Try a fluorescent light fixture in an oil-rubbed bronze finish for a rich addition to your neutral decor, or hang a fluorescent ceiling light over kitchen islands or workspaces for brilliant illumination right where you need it most. Continue your lighting theme with outdoor wall mounts and posts, or brighten a vanity with fluorescent sconces. Whether you’re searching for ceiling fan light kits or looking for a basic table lamp to place next to your reading chair, our collection of fluorescent lights is sure to suit your style.
A: Fluorescent lights are composed of mercury vapor housed inside thin glass bulbs or tubes. When electrical current is applied to a fluorescent light, the mercury vapor inside the bulb converts UV rays into warm light. The glass is coated with phosphors, which is what creates the light’s signature white finish.
A: Ballasts are essential components of fluorescent lights, as they regulate the overall current while creating the voltage needed to power the bulb. Without a ballast, a fluorescent light would have an unlimited current and would therefore quickly overheat. Ballasts are therefore vital to the performance and overall safety of fluorescent lighting.
A: When it comes to the overall brightness of fluorescent lights, you’ll want to look at the lumens measurement. Lumens refer to the amount of light directly emitted from a bulb. The higher the lumens reading, the brighter the light. For reference, a 100-watt bulb emits roughly 1600 lumens, so go higher if you prefer brighter-than-average light. You can also add a reflector to the back of a lamp to increase its overall radiance.
A: If you’re searching for fluorescent lighting solutions for your indoor garden, you’ll want to choose full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs. This type of bulb mimics the sun’s natural light by providing a mix of warm and cool tones to your flowers and greenery. Full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs are a great choice for young seedlings, and they’re smart to have on hand for indoor gardening enthusiasts.
A: The EPA recommends that consumers go green by taking fluorescent lights to recycling centers due to their mercury content, which is considered hazardous waste. Almost all fluorescent bulbs can be recycled in their entirety, and these parts will get reused rather than lying dormant in a landfill or potentially harming the environment. Keep in mind that some states and local jurisdictions may require recycling, so it’s best to double-check your area’s specific regulations.
A: Generally speaking, a standard 48-inch fluorescent lamp is designed to burn for roughly 20,000 hours. This commonly quoted figure is based on three hours of daily use at a time. It’s a common misconception that leaving a fluorescent light on will lengthen its overall burn time. In reality, this has very little impact on how long the light will last.
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