Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Still A Good Choice Compared To Others?

We supply the most reliable fluorescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to meet with the globe’s increasing demand for cost effect, efficient, and affordable lighting solutions. We carry lamps and components from the most trusted florescent lighting manufactures, including Philips and Sylvania. We maintain a vast array of fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of types, and tones: all available at competitive wholesale prices. Our supply includes conventional fluorescent tubes, circular, u-shapes and other lamps, as well as backlight, blue lamps, and colored options.


Our Market:
We supply fluorescents and CFL bulbs to companies all around the world, and can fulfill specialty and standard lighting needs. Customers come to us from all industries, raging from commercial and household lighting retailers, to transportation, medical, aerospace, and construction companies. Wholesale lighting buyers have long recognized us for reliable supplier services and excellent customer care.

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Why Purchase From Us:
Specialty Bulb Co. Inc. is committed to providing out clients with the right fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs for their application. We strive to deliver solutions that are effective as well as affordable. We accomplish this through long established business relationships with Philips, Sylvania, GE and more of the most trusted and innovative names in lighting solutions. This commitment to supplying the right lighting product according to our clients’ specific needs is what has made us such a reputable name in fluorescent and compact flourescent lighting supply.

How to Purchase:
To purchase fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs by type, application specs, manufacturer, or other criteria, you can complete your search directly through our website. Our light bulb identification charts will help you pinpoint your bulb type by key features and easily submit an RFQ to begin the purchasing process. You can also call our 800 number to get in touch with an experienced lighting associate who will answer all of your questions and guide you through the entire process.

Some Basic Facts And A Few Things To Consider When Choosing Fluorescent Lights
Fluorescent light bulbs are based on the first mercury vapor lamps, which were invented in the early 1900s. Today, they’re widely used in offices, businesses, and homes as a very efficient and effective means of lighting. As of the early 1950s, more light in the U.S. has been produced by fluorescent lamps than incandescent lights. Now, with the widespread availably and increasing quality and variety of CFL bulbs, more households are making the switch to efficient and versatile fluorescent lighting. There are good reasons to do so.

Compact fluorescents offer a significant improvement in energy efficiency compared to incandescent light bulbs: up to 75% less energy is used for comparable light. A 13-watt CFL bulb can be used to replace a 60-watt incandescent and amount to $40 saved in energy costs. While compact fluorescent lighting isn’t as efficient as new LED options, they still offer a substantial energy savings compared to incandescent options and are initially less expensive. Philips, Sylvania and other modern fluorescent manufacturers have developed bulbs that are similar to incandescents with respect to shape, variation of lighting tone, color, and measurements. In most cases they, can be used in conventional screw-in lamps and fixtures. The added benefit is that they last a great deal longer. Dimmable CFL bulbs are even now available from Philips, Osram Sylvania, GE, and Eiko and other manufactures.


What Makes Fluorescent Light Bulbs Work?
Unlike conventional light bulbs, which produce light when a tungsten filament is heated by an electrical current, fluorescent bulbs produce light when electrical current causes mercury vapor to produce shortwave UV light. This UV light then causes a phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb to glow and produce usable, white light. This method, rather than the heating of a tungsten filament, contributes to the longevity of fluorescent lighting as well as the reduction of the electricity needed to produce significant levels of illumination. Most standard fluorescent lamp fixtures do require ballast in order to regulate current through the bulb.

Aren’t Fluorescent Light Bulbs Only Available In Limited Sizes And Colors?
Fluorescent light bulbs are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, including a single length of tube, circular, U, and various coiled shapes. Since they come in large sizes and can be incorporated as part of multiple bulb lamps, they are useful for lighting large open areas, such as office and retail spaces. Colored fluorescents, which can be found in a variety of sizes, are an easy and affordable means of adding ambiance or mood to a space. Florescent light bulbs are also available in smaller versions for compact applications, including lighting for small spaces like storage and utility area, and within medical devices. Manufacturers like Philips, Sylvania, and GE have produced fluorescent light sizes and shapes that suit a wide variety of fixtures and settings around the ordinary home, office, or retail space.

Where Are Black And Colored Fluorescent Light Bulbs Best Utilized?
Colored fluorescent light bulbs are useful for more than just novelty purposes. While many people are familiar with UV or black lights as a type of colored fluorescent, these tubular UV lights are used for a number of different purposes. Some of the most familiar applications include bug zapper and electronic insect traps, which appear as vivid violet blue. These tubes are not actually colored, but instead lack the typical filter coating as to attract insects.

Colored fluorescent lights can also be used to illuminate an outside space without attracting insects thanks to colored coatings that insects can’t see or aren’t attracted to. Other specialty applications of colored and UV fluorescents include tanning beds, forensic tools, security devices, medical instruments, and ambient, special effect lighting. Both Philips and Orsam Sylvania have defined special number systems that identify different types of black, UVA, and UVB light waves.

Just How Dangerous Are Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?
Any potential danger posed by a fluorescent bulb depends on how they’re handled. The mercury vapor within fluorescent lights is the primary reason why there’s concern over the safety of these bulbs. This mercury vapor is what enables fluorescent lights to produce light efficiently but it’s also the reason why fluorescents and CFLs are classified as hazardous waste.

The United States EPA has set forth guidelines regarding safe disposal and recycling in order to prevent mercury vapor from being released into the environment and causing harm. Keeping this vapor contained is not usually a problem as long as bulbs are kept intact and properly collected for recycling or disposal.

However, when a fluorescent or CFL is broken or damaged, a small amount of mercury is released. Any danger to one’s health can be mitigated by ventilating the area in which the bulb was broken. Wear gloves and use a wet paper towel to clean up all glass shards. Once all shards are contained, it’s a good idea to thoroughly vacuum the area. All lamp remnants, including the shards, ballast, and any other components should then be contained in a sealed plastic bag, which should be brought to a hazardous waste collection site. Recycling facilities will most often take burnt-out and broken fluorescent light bulbs for safe disposal and renewal if possible. As long as consumers are aware of how to handle fluorescents and CFLs, it’s very easy to control hazards and reduce significant danger.