If CFLs are blowing
The people from our old office block often complain that their workstations have less light. That was almost three years back when I tookthe charge of electrical maintenance. This block does not have traditional fluorescent tube light illumination. The 4000 sqft space was illuminated only by CFLs. These CFLS arefitted inside the PUP false ceiling. Some 100 nos. CFLs of 18 watt wereplaced all around the ceiling.Normally a 150 to 200 lumen is required for a workstation comprisingof a desktop PC and other writing paraphernalia. But when Imeasured the lumen level ,at some places it was less than even 100lumen and the average lumen was 125.From a 18 watt CFL you cannot expect much light, therefore I orderedfor next replacement by 32 watt or latest 36 watt CFLs.Over the next 12 months the illumination was greatly improved butthe consumption of CFLs were also increased to a great extent. Almostin twelve months period the whole lot had to be replaced twice.Fortunately the warranty was for 12 months but I sensed somethingwas wrong.Why the CFLs were blowing so often …. ? Was it because of quality ?I changed the brand from Havel to Ariva to Halonix and everywhere itwas failing within six months. Unfortunately only few brands makethese higher rated CFLs. The CFLs are supposed to run for longer periods. The hall is fully air conditioned and there is no major fluctuations of the supply voltages.However, whenever a CFL fails it is found to have burnt inside. It getsheated up profusely before burning. Then it struck to me why they are failing. They are failing because of profuse heat generation inside. The small hole in the PUP ceilingcannot dissipate the heat the CFL generates at it's base.