FBO31T8 fluorescent light bulbs - Sylvania brand only.
It was one of the earliest versions of T8 u-shape lamps to hit the market many years ago, and the FBO31T8 fluorescent light bulbs continue to be used in many fixtures. They have a narrower leg spacing than the more common FBO32T8 lamps which are often specified in 2x2 lights. Sylvania developed these for energy efficiency and for a compact size that would work in many places where other types of fluorescent lights wouldn't. These lamps are a T8 version which is 1 inch in diameter and operates on an electronic ballast. There are many different brands of ballasts and all function to make the lamp start and continually operate, supplying the right voltage in each individual instance. They give off a great variety of colors and the color rendition is very high. That's why they been the choice of many retailers using them in their stores to highlight product better than anything that's on the market today.
The FBO31T8 fluorescent light bulbs are an exclusive design to Sylvania alone. No other manufacturer of bulbs makes this lamp. Either they weren't interested in the design or as I believe, many of them opted to create the long biax or Philips PLL for these kinds of lighting applications. In either case, you must use this brand in order to get the exact same bulb as a replacement. The good news is that it is readily available and still is being specified in many new installations going in. It's a very popular u-bent lamp and should be a standard item in the industry for many decades to come.
As mentioned before, there are several color choices these come in which include 3000K, 3500K, 4100K or the 5000k which many people refer to as full spectrum light. There are appropriate places for each type of color. If you need a warmer feel that accent natural colors like wood or plants, the 3000K or 3500K would probably be the best to use. It will maintain and make those colors look even better. For offices, the 4100K has been the most popular as a clean, white light, good for all general purposes. The 5000K is really for people who want to function better under artificial light and this version of these FBO31T8 bulbs should work great for those who like natural sunlight.
With a medium bipin base, FBO31T8 fluorescent light bulbs are a perfect solution to get a correct color onto product in a retail situation or highlighting something in your home. It works in places that most people never thought that they could get a lot of light into. Try a few of these today in those areas where you want to have a special highlight or effect in your home or office. If you are a retailer and have a store, these lamps are great to bring out color and will naturally draw people to the product you're highlighting. Call us if you have any questions about these lamps. We stock them in sufficient quantities to meet almost any need that you may have.
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