Killing germs in the air is becoming more and more of an issue these days and
that's why there are germicidal fluorescent light bulbs for every need. Why are these lamps the standard for
killing germs in the air? Because of their size and their effectiveness.
You'll find these bulb in service in places like hospitals, clinics, food
handling business and restaurants. Anywhere there is a need to keep germs
in the air at a minimum, then you'll find germicidal lamps in use. There
are several types that you might be familiar with as far as size goes. The
G8T5 germicidal is 12 inches, the G15T8 is 18 inches and the G30T8 is 36 inches
and would be used as the product was specified. We supply these lamps in
both Sylvania and the Philips version. They are virtually the same, but
some people might prefer one over the other.
As with all fluorescent bulbs, they rely on ballasts inside of the fixtures
in order to make them work. Ballasts are available from Universal, Osram Sylvania, among others. Almost all fixtures for these bulbs
come with ballasts already mounted and wired. The ballast is important because
it is specific for each type of lamp. You can't change from one type of
fluorescent to another without changing the ballast in most cases.
Most of the time the ballast and the lamp
are matched electrically and so it's good to make sure the ballast you have is
the right one for the lamp you choose. The germicidal fluorescent light bulbs typically operates
on a magnetic ballast which is less efficient than it's electronic counterpart,
but that's beginning to change.
Look for this lamp commonly used in a shielded fixture out of the way of
anyone's field of view. The reason for that is that germicidal light bulbs
can cause eye damage, that's why they're always used in an indirect lighting
Because it's still very pervasive in many health facilities, food service
buildings across the
country, we make germicidal light bulbs a perennial
offering. There will never be a time when these will not be used in applications for
killing bacteria, in fact, the applications seem to be increasing.
Remember, there are many types of germicidal lighting, we describe some
of the most common used in home and commercial lighting here. They are
also available in a HID source for some industrial or water treatment
you need help identifying one of these light bulbs, our customer service
representatives can help you determine what you have.