Thermal characterization of fluorescent fixtures

TechnologyA new application for a computer program called “Lights” is to model the thermalcharacterization of fluorescent fixtures. This program is a powerful tool for the fixturedesigner because it handles the interaction between thermal heat transfer and lumenoutput of the fixture. It has previously been used to model the interaction betweenlighting and heating, and air conditioning design for buildings, but can also be usedby fixture designers. This paper shows the ease of using this computer program andoutlines the effect of the number of lamps on the temperatures within the fixture asan example.