Linear Fluorescent

Updated
18-II-2006
The Linear Fluorescent category represents the original and most basic form of fluorescent lamp. While the long, slender proportions of this light source makes them ideal for many applications, it can be a hindrance in others. Some two decades after their commercialisation and the refinement of the basic range, efforts were diverted into reducing the size of the light source. This resulted first in the range of Non-Linear Fluorescent Lamps, and later during the 1980s the extention to still more advanced Compact Fluorescent Lamps.

All of the lamps features on this page belong to the original Linear category, and despite the advantages of the more modern versions, the original linear fluorescent lamp still accounts for a greater quantity of artificial light produced on this planet than any other light source. Owing to its high efficacy and supremely low cost, this lamp type will most likely be one of the last to be seriously challenged by LED technology.

GE-Mazda

14W

Early zinc beryllium silicate phosphor lamp
c. 1945

Philips

80W

MCFE Linear Fluorescent with bayonet caps
1969

Mazda

20W

MCFA Linear Fluorescent with Instant Start Stripe
1962

Philips

8W

TL Mini Aperture with clear stripe along lamp
2000