With a seemingly endless range of possibilities, choosing the right bulb can be a challenge. Watch our lighting tutorials to help clarify your options.
Philips ALTO II fluorescent bulbs combine low mercury with long life and energy efficiency—which together help achieve sustainability.
Mercury in T8 lamps
All fluorescent lamps need a small amount of mercury to operate efficiently but Philips has been working hard to reduce the mercury levels. With the use of ALTO Lamp Technology, Philips set a standard by reducing the amount of mercury in T8 lamps to a then industry-low 3.5mg. With ALTO II Technology, fluorescent T8 lamps now have only 1.7mg of mercury and still deliver outstanding performance. And to further help reduce environmental impact, Philips only uses recycled mercury in the lamp.
Better for the environment. Same performance characteristics.
There is a misconception that lowering the mercury will reduce lamp life, energy savings or light output—this is not the case. Philips has developed an innovative way to lower the mercury level without sacrificing life or any other performance parameters.
The world of lighting revolves around several key terms. We are all familiar with wattage, but what exactly do lumen, kelvin and cri mean?
Fluorescent bulbs are available in many color temperatures, measured in degrees Kelvin (K). The higher the number, the whiter (cooler) the color. The lower the number, the warmer the color.
Choose the light effect you desire to create the mood you want.
Soft White - Ideal for kitchen, bath
- Creates a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere
- Available in 78-86 CRI
Neutral - Ideal for office
- Balanced, general purpose lighting
- Available in 70-85 CRI
Cool White - Ideal for garage, basement
- Efficient task lighting
- Available in 62-85 CRI
Natural Light - Ideal for any room
- Simulates natural, outdoor light
- Available in 70-98 CRI
Daylight Deluxe - Ideal for garage, workshop, laundry
- Creates a cool, refreshing environment
- Available in 78-85 CRI