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GE starcoat lamps? « on: May 13, 2021, 11:05:51 PM » Author: Cole D.
We were cleaning our fluorescent ceiling fixtures recently and I saw the brands of the lamps since the diffusers were removed. Two of them are the Philips Alto lamps with the green caps which I see everywhere. The other have GE "Ecolux with Starcoat" lamps with green colored etches. I thought Starcoat was interesting trademark, but I've never heard of it. Do anyone know what it does?

These are all the thin electronic ballast tubes also.
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #1 on: May 14, 2021, 12:02:19 AM » Author: Morbid Angel
We were cleaning our fluorescent ceiling fixtures recently and I saw the brands of the lamps since the diffusers were removed. Two of them are the Philips Alto lamps with the green caps which I see everywhere. The other have GE "Ecolux with Starcoat" lamps with green colored etches. I thought Starcoat was interesting trademark, but I've never heard of it. Do anyone know what it does?

These are all the thin electronic ballast tubes also.
Starcoat first appeared during the early 90s as an improved coating intended for GE's new line of T8 lamps.
Starcoat had a much better color rendering than the usual cool white and warm white tubes that were currently available.
Starcoat was even better than the deluxe versions of these colors.
All Starcoat tubes have a very high CRI rating and suffer no lumen loss like some of the deluxe lamps.
In fact Starcoat tubes have even higher lumen ratings, another advantage to this type of coating.
They are very high quality tubes and at one time 3500K T8 Starcoat fluorescents were extremely popular in commercial installations.
While I'm not a fan of T8 fluorescents, these days it wouldn't be a bad idea to have some in the collection.

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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #2 on: May 14, 2021, 12:05:41 AM » Author: AZTECH
I have two GE F40T12 starcoat and silver caps. I think they was very good bright quality lamps.
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #3 on: May 14, 2021, 12:11:53 AM » Author: Morbid Angel
I have two GE F40T12 starcoat and silver caps. I think they was very good bright quality lamps.
That's interesting. I didn't know that GE used Starcoat on T12 tubes as well, as far as I knew it was only for T8.
I certainly agree with you though, they were very bright and good quality lamps.
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #4 on: May 14, 2021, 12:21:09 AM » Author: AZTECH
I'll try take picture and maybe someone can hint when lamps was mfg in. I dont think was common for T12 lamps but sure many T8 lamps. 
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #5 on: May 14, 2021, 12:24:01 AM » Author: Morbid Angel
I'll try take picture and maybe someone can hint when lamps was mfg in. I dont think was common for T12 lamps but sure many T8 lamps.
I'm looking forward to seeing these pictures! It will be the first time that I've seen a T12 lamp with Starcoat.
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #6 on: May 14, 2021, 12:28:30 AM » Author: AZTECH
Enjoy take a look!  I just upload it.  :lfl:
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #7 on: May 15, 2021, 12:53:02 AM » Author: Cole D.
Thanks for the info! Too bad there does not seem to be much info online about Starcoat. It appears that Lowes and Amazon sell these lamps.
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #8 on: May 15, 2021, 01:39:18 AM » Author: AZTECH
I also saw at ACE hardware today the GE F96T8 slimline starcoat
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #9 on: May 16, 2021, 03:44:28 PM » Author: thelightingman
I'm looking forward to seeing these pictures! It will be the first time that I've seen a T12 lamp with Starcoat.

Most of my fluorescent tubes are T12 Starcoat tubes. They work very well.
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #10 on: May 17, 2021, 12:13:29 AM » Author: LightsoftheWest
Shouldn't this topic be in the "Lamps" board?
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Re: GE starcoat lamps? « Reply #11 on: May 17, 2021, 01:36:22 AM » Author: dor123
The Starcoat lamps have triphosphors coating, rather than the halophosphors and the deluxe phosphors of other lamsp, hence their brightness, CRI and lumen maintenance are better.
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