Lighting with High Pressure Mercury Vapour Lamps



This chapter is devoted to those aspects of high pressure mercury vapour lamps as light sources which make them suitable for general lighting applications. It is not the intention to deal with “lighting technology” since it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the general principles of lighting-engineering. The purpose is, particularly, to examine the properties of these lamps, in comparison with those of other light sources used in various applications. Short descriptions of some outstanding examples of lighting installations using high pressure mercury vapour lamps will be discussed. For general information on the design of such lighting installations, reference should be made to the many known publications in the field of lighting-engineering.


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