Fluorescent Light Fixtures
Think Green with Energy Efficient Fluorescent Light Fixtures
Higher energy efficiency isn't just an essential part of going green, it means more green in your wallet too. Modern fluorescent lighting provides clean illumination with greater efficiency and longer life using a variety of linear and compact bulbs which are almost as efficient as LED lighting. We offer indoor and outdoor ceiling lights and wall fixtures as well as floor and table lamps from a variety of manufacturers and in a plethora of styles.
Some fluorescent fixtures offer a choice between magnetic or electronic ballasts. As a rule, electronic ballasts have a quicker start time, whereas magnetic ballasts are best suited for outdoor usage, as they are less susceptible to heat fluctuations. To see a leading designer, please visit American Fluorescent and Forecast Lighting.
Energy efficient lighting is an excellent way to save electricity, save money, and help the environment while satisfying your home decorating itch. People often overlook the importance of illuminating their homes with fixtures that reduce the number of watts spent on keeping the indoors (and outdoors) bright.
As the interior decorating world wises up, more and more manufacturers are catering to the eco-friendly, green market by developing more creative energy efficient products. Whereas even just twenty years ago these lamps were frowned on as ugly and boring, now designers have found ways to embrace this green technology without sacrificing style, elegance, and imagination in their art. No longer are they relegated to the dismal confines of dusty warehouses and gloomy office buildings, now you can illuminate your home with chic contemporary lighting fixtures, not bare, cold tubes.
These fixtures are great energy savers when it comes to designer lighting. A fluorescent light is a gas-discharge lamp that uses electricity to excite mercury vapor. The mercury atoms create short-wave ultraviolet rays that then cause a phosphor to "fluoresce", producing visible light. These lamps change electrical power into useful illumination more efficiently than an incandescent lamp through this method. The lower energy cost typically offsets the higher initial cost of the lamp itself.
These fixtures are sometimes more expensive because it is necessary to install a ballast to regulate the current through the light, but the life of the bulb is typically much longer than a traditional bulb with a life span that is 10 to 20 times longer than a regular incandescent fixture. The compact bulb is also less likely to create a glare and covers a larger area without concentrating too much of it on one point. In this way you can brighten an entire room with only one or two fixtures, ultimately saving you energy.
It's important to note, however, that these bulbs still contain trace amounts of mercury so you must dispose of them in special recycling programs. Mercury can find its way into streams and rivers, and therefore fish and drinking water. The most common way we are exposed to mercury is by eating fish or shellfish that are contaminated with mercury, but this can be prevented by careful disposal of bulbs through official recycling programs developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms, fluorescent ceiling lights are a great way to brighten up the entire room with a soft, clean glow. Outdoor fixtures are also a great, environmentally friendly choice for your landscape and outdoor lighting decor. The possibilities have greatly expanded in just the past few years and anyone interested in interior design can see the benefits environmentally, financially, and aesthetically.