Fluorescent lamps use what to make light?

Fluorescent lamps use what to make light?

Fluorescent Lights have been commercially available since the 1930s as long Fluorescent Tubes. A smaller bulb like CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) only became widely available in the 2000s. These lights use a mercury vapor (steam) inside the tube; electricity is applied within the tube, which causes the mercury vapor to emit UV light, or more accurately UV radiation. The UV radiation hits the inside surface of the tube which is coated with a phosphor material. The UV radiation causes the phosphor to glow.

Fluorescent lighting uses UV radiation to make light 1

Their advantage is that they are cooler and more energy efficient than Incandescent.
Their disadvantage is that Mercury is dangerous - if the bulb is broken, it can present a health hazard. Used bulb disposal is also problematic.

Fluorescent lighting uses UV radiation to make light2

Fluorescence uses light (or electromagnetic radiation) to make light - it's related to phosphorescence (watches).

Arc Lamp - Fluorescent Lights are a type of Arc Lamp that produces light, typically through a non-conductive medium, like air. Lightning is similar, a type of natural Arc Lamp.

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Fluorescent lighting uses UV radiation to make light3

1. Electricity warms the tube.
2. Mercury turns to vapor.
3. Vapor is excited by further electricity and UV light is emitted.
4. UV light hits the inside surface of tube, which is coated with Phosphor material, which then glows (emits light) - i.e. Using light (UV light) to make visible light.

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