From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad


confusion is understandable, even from a technical point of view, because the 
fluorescent lights do contain neon to get the discharge going. However, it is 
the mercury content that creates the trouble. The mercury discharge has very 
strong ultraviolet bands at (from memory) 180 (nm) nanometers, 254,1 nm, 300 
nm and 360 nm (and some visual ones). The shortest wavelength will create 
ozone when it irradiates oxygen, as it may, if a quartz burner were used, 
because quartz is transparent to short-wave ultraviolet. All of these 
wavelenghts are absorbed by the fluorescent pigment and converted by 
fluorescence (mainly red-emitting), but not completely. The glass absorbs the 
two shortest almost entirely, but 300 nm and in particular 360 nm do escape 
to some degree. For suntan you only want the 300 and 360; the others are 

Now, I have never understood why anybody who is responsible for an archive 
would want to leave lights on; light of any wavelength, and particularly the 
shorter ones, is very damaging to almost everything from organic pigments to 
plastics. Museums really concern themselves with light doseage over the 
lifetime (which is obviously forever) of their collection items. Ceramics 
hold out well, as do metal objects, but organic matter, ouch!

Kind regards,


Shai Drori wrote:

> Sorry for the confusion, fluorescent of course (English second 
> language). Here both words are used to describe the same lighting 
> source. :-[
> Shai
> Richard L. Hess wrote:
> > At 01:28 PM 2010-01-30, Shai Drori wrote:
> >> So here is what happened. I would love to hear comments etc.
> >>
> >> Burnt cd's were stored in jewel boxes on shelves. The room was lit 
> >> with neon lights 5 days a week from 7am to 5pm.
> >
> > Neon or fluorescent?
> >
> > If fluorescent, they have some UV content, I think. Neon doesn't make 
> > sense--it's orange.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Richard
> >
> >
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