Glass, triphosphot (colour 827) internal coating. Red plastic coating on outer surface
Peak output wavelength:
Total light output:
240V AC 50Hz
Place of manufacture:
Date of manufacture:
Unknown, Possible Date code PA3638 Present on lamp
Working, presumed unused.
initial impression you may get (as I did!) is that this is a cheaply
made coloured CFL. Fact of the matter is that technically you'd
be right - it's a very ordinary warm white lamp with a red coloured
paint applied none-too-evenly to the outer surface of the tube.
reason for this however, is that this lamp dates back to before orange
CFLs were readily available. This lamp was intended to replace
the reddish orange "fire glow" incandescent lamps in a decorative
Christmas display - and as such was made-to-order. This is why
I've not been able to track it down in International Lamp's
catalogues. It doesn't exist in there, because it never did - it
was custom made, I would imagine as part of quite a large order.
very slightly orange-ish red I would have said was quite a bit more
reddish than the fire glow lamps - slightly more so than my camera makes
it look below - and if I hadn't known the intended purpose I'd have
said (and I DID say until I updated the page!) that it was just red.
To give that warm glow though, it'd do the job just fine, and of
course with a far greater degree of safety for a display due to the
lower heat output.
While technically it's not a brilliant bit of
kit - it's a bit of lighting equipment which was originally made to
order, rather than an off-the-shelf part, hence is rather rarer and
more interesting than it might otherwise be. Not often you find
custom made CFLs. Of course, this lamp serves little purpose now
that orange CFLs are readily available, and is just an interesting bit
of lighting history now.
Pro-Lite products seem to bear a striking resemblance to each other,
and I reckon that they may well be sourced from the same OEM, though
Luxina is actually a registered trademark of International Lamps.
also have Pro-Lite SCR-18W lamps (18W version of this) which are
coloured as well - though these make use of a coloured phosphor rather
than an external coating like this. Otherwise the lamps are
technically identical - even down to the noisy ballasts.
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Many thanks to the website reader who donated this lamp for display!
22nd November 2008: Page Created.
24th of November 2008:
Corrected lamp description based upon information from the donor of the lamp.
Thanks for the heads up!
14th February 2021: Changes to page
formatting to improve readability on mobile devices.