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Re: UV Sterilizer Bulb
> Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 09:51:00 -0700
> From: Dave Kotschi <dkotschi at mindspring_com>
> Does a UV sterilizer bulb degrade? I seem to remember reading that
> flourescent bulbs work by giving off uv light which is tranformed into
> light with other properties by the coating inside the glass tube. So does
> a bulb with no coating gives off uv light? What's there to degrade? I
> suspect someone's going to give me a very good reason why they do degrade
> so my next question is where can I get bulbs for a Rainbow sterilizer CHEAP?
The filament coatings wear out, and there is some kind of degradation
due to migration of the mercury that I can't remember the details.
It's probably a generic germicidal lamp, and you can get them from
your friendly neighborhood electrical supplier. You might also check
at a barber supply store cuz they use germicidal lamps. Some UV lamps
are designed to put out light at ~180 nm as well as ~260nm and
generate a lot of ozone. I don't know if that's what you want or
not. Take your old lamp to the electrical supplier and order a new
one from its numbers.