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Frequent Switching On and Off a Fluorescent Lamp Reduce Life

The life of a fluorescent lamp is essentially determined by life of the cathode filament it uses. A conventional fluorescent lamp employs closely wound coil of tungsten wire as filament. Upon switching on the lamp, electric current passing through the filament will raise the temperature of the filament that in turn will generate thermions (that is, electrons generated by a thermal process).

Thermions are necessary to initiate electric-discharge through the column of the fluorescent lamp. Frequent switching on and off the fluorescent lamp occurs through several cycles of filament heating and cooling. If the cycles of heating and cooling of the filament are too frequent this may result in tremendous loss of oxide coating (at the rate of 10-20 micro-grams/cm per cycle).

The loss of oxide coating in the cathode filament through rapid on and off operations will lead to poor performance of the filament in generating thermions to initiate the discharge process. This in turn will reduce the life of the fluorescent lamp. Life of a conventional fluorescent lamp usually rated for serveral thousand hours of continuous burning can be halved or made still less, just by frequent switching off and off.

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