Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights – Do You Know What They Are ?

Full Spectrum Bulb

You already know that fluorescent lights save energy. You know that they burn cool and don’t add heat to the room. This reduces the air conditioning load in your house and also reduces the risk of fire when used in tight spaces like closets. But you hate the cold, blue light they give off. You don’t like the sickly color your skin has when seen under fluorescent lights. Your clothes don’t look right. Do the greys look like the tans? You’ve tried the “warm white” fluorescents and they make everything look too pink.

You’re in luck. There is now a solution. Replace those old-fashioned fluorescents with full spectrum fluorescents.

These lights mimic the spectrum of light that the sun emits. Colors look right. They are accurate enough that designers are using them to illuminate color samples, just to make sure they can see the correct hues.

As you may know from an earlier post, I am not a fan of the compact fluorescent bulbs due to the mercury they contain and the as-yet disposal issue. But for standard fluorescents, the long tube type, try replacing them with full spectrum bulbs and see if you agree that there is a noticeable difference.

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Bill Hirsch | Architect

Bill Hirsch


  1. Superior Lighting on May 28, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Very interesting. As a company, we at Superior Lighting are always looking for new ways to become more eco friendly. We offer energy efficient light bulbs and lighting solutions and work with vendors on sound packaging methods.  What else can we do?

    • Bill Hirsch | Architect Bill on June 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

      I understand that there have been some problems with quality in the new LED lights. These are very energy efficient lights that last a very long time. Would you have any advice to share the might help the rest of us select a good quality LED bulb? Not only would we like to get a good price on a good product, we would like to be assured that we are getting the bulb life and performance we were expecting. How can you tell the good LED bulbs from the bad ones?

  2. Jamie on September 28, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Energy efficient light bulbs are the easiest first step consumers and businesses can take towards reducing their energy consumption. Products have gotten light years better in the past few years and, in my eyes, indisputably better for 99% of applications. Both CFL and LED light bulbs run much cooler than incandescent bulbs, use energy much more efficiently, and do offer saving on your electricity bill. I am a vendor of energy efficient bulbs, so perhaps I am a bit biased, but I don’t know why everyone doesn’t switch today.

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