Fluorescent bulbs are available in different colour temperatures that can be 2700K (like incandescent bulb) too, but most decorators will suggest not to use them because the light is not so „natural“. The main disadvantage of the flourescent bulb is that it is not suitable for on-off scenatios because their lifespan decreases and they do not achieve the maximum light intensity over the short time being on.
Bad reputation of the fluorescent lighting was a result of flickering that was acused for vision problems. Thanks to use of electronical ballasts over electromagnetic ones, today is fluorescent lighting equally „healthy“ as the incandescent lighting. New generation of T16 tubes (tube diameter is 16mm) is more used than basic T26 tubes because it gives 30% more light and uses exclusively electronic ballasts. The instant on-off, no flickering, less energy and possible dimming are main characteristics of new generation of fluorescent lighting.
Fluorescent luminaires are perfect for commercial use, specially in shops, offices and public places. There are recessed, surface mounted and pendant luminaires with plain or parabolic reflectors that increase the light intensity. But there are also specific designs that use shape and light characteristics of fluorescent bulbs.
And what about domestic application of fluorescent lighting? One of practical application of fluorescent tubes is for „invisible“ lighting – they are ideal for shelves, kitchen working surfaces, secondary working spaces, garages, laundry rooms… on the other hand, modern interior design opens new prospectives for common fluorescent lighting in other living areas.