The Benefits of Reflector Fluorescent Lamps

 There are many instances where a reflector fluorescent lamp is the best choice to control the direction of light. Reflector lamps work by increasing the portion of the output from a 360° lamp into a highly focused direction. The lamp efficiently re-directs the light from the sides and back of the fluorescent tube to the non-reflector area of the lamp coating. In many applications this technology is used in conjunction with an external fixture (polished or metallic) that also acts as a reflector to direct the light to where it is most needed.

Reflector lamps are designed with a reflective coating between the outer glass and the phosphor coating, which helps to reflect most of the light and directs it through the clear, or uncoated, portion of the lamp. When it is combined with our effective fixture design, a reflector lamp can control the inherently uniform lamp output along the length of the fluorescent tube. Reflector lamps are ideal for industries that require light distribution to be optimally distributed. Common applications include flexographics, aquariums, and scanning and vision products among others.

Reflectors are most frequently used in linear T12 (38.1mm) lamps but can also be designed into a variety of lamp styles from straight to bent lamp geometry. Our reflector tubes have a reflective coating that covers 235 or 135 degrees of the interior with a phosphor coating over the inside of the entire tube. Generally they have an internal reflective coating of 180° to 235° of the inside of the glass envelope but custom reflector sizes can be made to order. The most common internal reflector is 180°.

LCD Lighting manufactures standard and custom aperture and reflector lamps from the highest-quality materials for scanners, copiers, facsimile machines, machine vision, sorting equipment for production lines and other imaging devices around the world. Our lamps have specially blended phosphor coatings to produce the required output in the visible to the ultraviolet range, as required by equipment manufacturers.

LightSources, together with our affiliated companies, represent the foremost high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. LCD Lighting, our leading affiliate in fluorescent lamps has designed and manufactured thousands of custom fluorescent lamps for nearly every type of OEM lighting application. Discover top-of-the-line service and exceptional products from one of the leading specialty lamp manufacturers.


High-tech Backlighting Solutions


LightSources’ affiliate, LCD Lighting (LCDL) is the leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing customized backlighting for LCD and AMLCD displays. Our miniature lamps are used in military and civilian aircrafts, shipboards, and vehicles as well as in vetronics, and computers. We are especially proud of the fact that our avionic display backlighting is used in the U.S. Space Program and the defense of our country.

The miniature lamps used in avionic displays and cabin backlighting generally require a multiple bend lamp configuration. These specialty lamps are used in backlight liquid crystal displays (LCD), indirect cabin lighting, passenger and crew reading lights, galley and lavatory lighting, entry lighting, cockpit applications, cargo areas, wing inspection lights, exterior emergency lighting, landing lights and many other locations. Furthermore, we are the long-standing partner and the sole manufacturer of miniature AMLCD backlight lamps used in the cockpit of the Boeing 777 passenger jet.

LCDL also designs and manufactures active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCD) used in military vehicles. Our innovative technology combines lightweight, efficient power use with an extremely reliable performance. AMLCDs are used in flat panel displays, display equipment and prototype equipment.

As a customer of LCDL, you will benefit from our state-of-the-art AMLCD backlight technology that offers customized: optical light sources and filters/diffusers, mechanical reflective plates, tray or housing, and the best environment for thermal management, shock and vibration control. Also our lamp engineering and backlight design provides the optimal electrical power supply and system interfacing. Our capabilities include hot-cathode fluorescent lamps (HCFL) from 6.0mm to 20mm diameters and cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) from 2.0mm to 20mm diameters. You will find everything from straight, bent, serpentines or circles to interlocking lamp pairs, all with our precision glass bending and craftsmanship.

LightSources and our affiliated companies, Voltarc and LCD Lighting along with strategic partners, LightTech and Cerlux, offer outstanding service and exceptional products.   Our standard lamps and components as well as customized products offer high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs. Please contact us for more information.

Highest-quality Aperture Lamps

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While aperture lamps are similar in construction to internal reflector fluorescent lamps, the major difference is that an aperture reflector covers a larger portion of the circumference and has a clear window in the coating for the light to come through. This 30 or 60 degree clear glass opening is called the aperture and does not contain any phosphor. It concentrates the light in one direction in order to provide a higher intensity or brightness.

The reflective coating of an aperture lamp is 330 or 300 degrees and the phosphor coating covers just that area of the lamp. Since the intensity of the light increases with a decreasing aperture width, it is important to consider the size of the aperture surface. With our advanced precision technology, we can produce lamps with an aperture width as small as 2 millimeters wide.

While aperture lamps are used in applications such as scanners and imaging machines, a popular new use for aperture fluorescent lamps is for edge lighting in signs and displays. Since aperture lamps are inherently uniform along the lamp’s length, the smaller diameter lamps allow edge lit signs to be built efficiently and significantly brighter as well as slenderer. They also do not create annoying light bands.

At LCD Lighting we are the foremost designer and manufacturer of both standard and custom aperture and reflector lamps. Our products are made from the highest-quality material and used in applications such as scanners, copiers, facsimile machines, machine vision, sorting equipment for production lines and other imaging devices. In addition we specialize in avionic display backlighting and manufacture a wide range of specialty fluorescent lighting. Our portfolio includes cold and hot cathode fluorescent lamps CCFL / HCFL, backlight lamps and assemblies, aperture and reflector lamps, compact lamps, sub miniature lamps and HID‐MPUV lamps.

The LightSources group represents the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our standard lamps and components as well as customized products offer high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs. Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom specialty lamps.

Looking for the Best High-tech Tanning Lamps?

LightSources along with our European partner, LightTech are one of the most experienced and fastest-growing tanning lamp manufacturers in the world. Our lamps set the industry standards with superior performance and a longer life span. Furthermore, as a global operation, we are up-to-date on the specific standards and requirements which differ in the many countries we serve and work to exceed them at every opportunity.

Our portfolio includes our proprietary A-PowerTM, SolGlass® and Peak2 Technology® as well as the Combi, Dual, and Tri-phosphor tanning lamps. Knowing that tanning requirements vary from person to person, we were one of the first to offer a selection of tanning lamp strengths from 2.6UVB – 9.5UVB to guarantee there were a selection of choices for different customer preferences and skin types. Our tanning strengths are attained by varying the amounts of UVA and UVB in the lamp. This creates a range of lamps that are appropriate for people who always burn right through to those that never burn and are deeply pigmented.

The LightSources and LightTech’s proprietary A-Power™ technology gives high pressure effects to low pressure tanning lamps. These new lamps now make it easier for more tanning salons to offer the type of tan that in the past only salons operating with high pressure tanning units or high pressure facial tanning lamps could provide.

Another example of our industry leading innovations is SolGlass™, which represents the most technological advances in tanning since the sun. SolGlass™ is the combination of new glass technology and our proprietary phosphor blend with narrow-band UVA for immediate coloring and short-wavelength UVB for persistent pigmentation. In other words it provides both instant gratification and long lasting results. This technology is not found in any other lamp in the industry. Please see our website to learn more about our exclusive tanning lamp technology that includes Peak2®, Twist/Swirl, proprietary bases and MultiTone™.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today. Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions. The LightSources team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.