Essentials of Mercury Lamps Mercury containing lamps are essential for: Heat Lamps Photography Photochemistry Water Purification Street Lamps Office Lighting Warehouse/Industrial Lighting Entertainment Industries And many more…
Fluorescent Lamps Facts According to leading lighting manufacturers, mercury is a irreplaceable component for the immediate future. Some lamp types contain 3.5 mg of mercury while others may have as much as 100 mg.
Lamp Types: Typical Linear Lamps; T12 & T8 Styles Compact, PL and Biax U-Style and Circular HID Mercury Vapor / High Pressure Sodium
Lamp Types: Specialized UV Germicidal Lamps (ultraviolet lamps) are used for air and water purification equipment. Germicidal lamps come in a wide range of glass types, diameters, bases and shapes. They are available in ozone and non ozone producing types. High-pressure Mercury Lamps are developed for use in photochemical reaction plants. They feature a wide ultraviolet wavelength-range, which is ideal as UV light source catalysts in polymerisation reactions for ultraviolet curing inks, dyes and adhesives. A Mercury-Xenon Lamp is a designed to provide high radiant energy in the ultraviolet range. Since an optimum mixture of mercury and xenon gas is enclosed, this lamp offers the characteristics of both xenon lamps and super-high-pressure mercury lamps.
Mercury Capillary Lamps provide an intense source of radiant energy from the ultraviolet through the near infrared range. These lamps feature no warming-up period for starting or restarting, and reach almost full brightness within a few seconds. They are available in a variety of arc length, radiant power and mounting methods. Sun Tanning Lamps Manufacturers continue to produce a variety of tanning lamps, with varying UVA and UVB combinations. Other important factors in the combination and intensity of UV output are electrodes, the gas filling and the trace amount of mercury found in sealed lamps. Short Arc Metal Halide Lamps, originally developed as light sources for LCD and DVD projectors, emit a well-balanced visible light spectrum. These lamps are efficient and provide good color rendering to reproduce vivid color images.
What's the Problem? The mercury contained in the lamps is not the problem. It is the proper handling and disposal of these lamps. The mercury contained in just one improperly disposed of 4 foot lamp has the capacity to contaminate 100-acres of water. If you multiply this one lamp by the estimated number of improperly disposed lamps, this number increase drastically. Many facilities refuse to comply with the lamp- disposal laws in a misguided attempt to reduce cost, but when you consider the potential fines and the lengths to which the courts will go to prosecute corporations that knowingly break environmental laws, this is not a smart strategy. Jeffrey Fitch, Atlantic Inland Environmental Services, Inc.
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