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Choosing light bulbs for backlit awnings

January 1st, 2010 / By: / Awnings & Shades, Resources

What kind of fluorescent bulbs should I use for an outdoor backlit awning, and where should I get it?

We did a quick survey of awning manufacturers and were cautioned that the fluorescent bulbs you need should be able to withstand outdoor conditions—particularly cold weather. Specifically, you need to look for high-output bulbs, with a low temperature ballast. Regular fluorescent bulbs will work, but we’re told that they are more likely to be affected by moisture, such as fog and high humidity. As for a particular supplier, most mentioned purchasing through their local electrical supply shop, but a few of them have even purchased at their local home improvement stores.

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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