The fluorescent tube-lamp integrating chamber.

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dc.contributor.author Durrheim, C. R.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-21T08:04:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-21T08:04:34Z
dc.date.created 2008
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/453
dc.description Thesis (M.Sc.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract The objective of this project is to design a facility that will characterize the electrical and optical properties of both tubular and the more recent compact fluorescent tubes. The first stage of this project, which is the subject of this dissertation, was to design, build, test, and model a cylindrical light integrating chamber. An integrating chamber capable of measuring 2-metre long fluorescent tubes was built at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. To approximate an infinitely long tube, precisely mounted planar mirrors were placed at opposite ends of the cylinder. The reflectance of diffusive reflective paint and mirrors enter into calculations and were investigated experimentally using a Jarrel-Ash optical spectrometer. The light flux was finally measured for various chamber lengths and compared with a mathematical model. Total light power output from the lamp was calculated and compared with the electrical power input, and the lamp efficiency deduced. Accurate calculations required that the light field surrounding a cylindrical diffuse source be modeled mathematically. The reflection coefficients of the mirrors were not unity and the equations had to be modified to include this effect. The mathematical model was solved using a combination of analytical and numerical techniques. The model results were compared with measurements. The final result includes a mathematical description of the integrating chamber, and a flux-density plot of the space surrounding the fluorescent tube. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Fluorescent lamps. en_US
dc.subject Electric lighting. en_US
dc.subject Photometry. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Physics. en_US
dc.title The fluorescent tube-lamp integrating chamber. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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