fluorescent lamp


: a usually tubular electric lamp having a coating of fluorescent material on its inner surface and containing mercury vapor whose bombardment by electrons from the cathode provides ultraviolet light which causes the material to emit visible light

Examples of fluorescent lamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Krypton is useful, however, and is often employed in fluorescent lamps. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 The usual way is to place the baby under halogen spotlights or fluorescent lamps. Tolu Ajiboye, Verywell Health, 12 May 2023 For example, the American Cancer Society's website explains that doctors may use fluorescent lamps to administer carefully controlled UV-A and UV-B treatments for those with skin lymphoma. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2020 Another good option for cost savings is using compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2020 Housecall reports that each incandescent light bulb could cost you up to $180 in electricity, while a compact fluorescent lamp bulb would only cost you $41 per bulb, and an LED bulb would only cost you about $30 per bulb. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, 15 May 2019 Using new lighting technologies, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), can reduce the energy use required by lighting by more than half. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, 1 Jan. 2018 The Dingo Fence is made of wooden posts connected by wire mesh (electric in some sections) and much of it is lit at night by alternating red and white fluorescent lamps and patrolled by a staff of 23 full-time employees. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Dec. 2017 The recycling plant operated as a waste facility for fluorescent lamps until the fire, said Eric Pohl, an EPA on scene coordinator. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, 28 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fluorescent lamp was in 1896

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“Fluorescent lamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluorescent%20lamp. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

fluorescent lamp

: an electric lamp in the form of a tube in which light is produced on the inside fluorescent coating by the action of ultraviolet light

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