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Particles in Tritons

As with most fluorescent lamps, your Tritons contain mercury ... mercury is 
unfortunately necessary at present ... when electrified, mercury vapor emits 
strong UV light, exciting the phosphor coating on the inside of the tube, which 
then emits the more familiar visible wavelengths ...if you put the light in and 
everyone seems happy, it's probably ok ... some mecury may condense into small 
ddroplets due to temperature changes, but it shouldn't affect the operation of 
the lamp....

Shawn Keslar, Chemist
Nat'l Res. Ctr. for Coal and Energy
Analytical Laboratory
PO Box 6064
Morgantown WV 26506-6064
304 293 2867 x 5472
FAX 304 293 3749
skeslar at wvu_edu