What maintenance issues should I consider when using a HW-CFL?
Dirt depreciation may be a concern with high-wattage compact fluorescent lamps (HW-CFL). This lamp type tends to have a larger surface area and multiple glass bends, compared to high intensity discharge (HID) and incandescent lamps. These convoluted lamp bends may be difficult to clean, and will provide surfaces on which dust and other debris may deposit. This may cause a loss in light output due to a build up of dirt on the lamp.
The large size and elaborate glass bends may also make these lamps fragile for shipping and installation. For example, some HW-CFLs must be handled by only the base rather than the glass end, which can make installing HW-CFLs awkward. All of the samples received by NLPIP for testing arrived intact, as they had all been carefully shipped with nested boxes or multiple layers of packing material. Also, the large size of HW-CFLs requires increased storage space compared to other lamp types.