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Comparison of three color temps of some vintage Fluorescent lamps

Comparison of three color temps of some vintage Fluorescent lamps

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Here are a few of vintage fluorescent lamps I have running. I hardly run these lamps. I only run them occasionally to burn off any potential impurity’s that would otherwise contaminate and ruin these beautiful lamps. Fine quality, not the crap that’s rolling off the conveyor belt from GE these days! Starting from the left are two of my Mid 80’s GE Softwhites F20’s 1955 GE Standard Cool White F20 with EPIC end ripening, and last but certainly not least, my 1964 GE F15T12. The color combination of these is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The camera unfortunately cannot convey what I see with the naked eye.

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Apr 16, 2020 at 03:43 AM Author: Silverliner
Great set up! Love the end bands.

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Apr 16, 2020 at 04:03 AM Author: vytautas_lamps
If you want to capture the real color of the tubes with the phone camera I suggest you use a IS ballast to take the picture, The vintage tube, as dare as it is to your heart, will not be damaged from just one murder-start wia/ instant start ballast, but you will be able to take perfect pictures with very real colors cause there will not be any afterglow effect in the fixtures that ruin color distinction.

New lighting technologies is a pity fest everywhere you look. From LEDs that last only for two months, to a never-ending global starvation of t8 fluorescent tubes.
We shall reinforce ourselves with good old full mercury t12s and HIDs made to surpass one's life, and give them all the middle finger ;

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Apr 18, 2020 at 07:17 PM Author: bryanrb
What is the difference between standard cool white and cool white?
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Apr 18, 2020 at 07:26 PM Author: Lightingguy1994

....I suggest you use a IS ballast to take the picture, The vintage tube, as dare as it is to your heart, will not be damaged from just one murder-start wia/ instant start ballast...


Actually he could use a T12 electronic ballast, Advance makes a decent one and no harm to vintage tubes. I don't mind the colour bars, it helps some identify what phosphors are used based on the colour of the band that is captured...But I certainly see your point on it looking uniform. Makes me want to build a 2 lamp fixture that uses 2 ballasts, one being that RS T12 electronic and the other being magnetic so you can see phosphor band in one tube and overall colour in the other neatly.

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Apr 20, 2020 at 03:43 AM Author: suzukir122
One possible good way to capture the photo without having to change ballasts... is to get some shades, and
get those shades close to the camera lens. So basically, have the camera view the lamps through the shades.
I agree though, with @Lightingguy1994. I personally like seeing the bars. It helps me determine Halophosphate and Triphosphate.

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