CCF Technology

The Taylorbrite Technology Advantage

1) A 25,000 hour lifetime means ten times the life of halogen bulbs (2,500 hrs) and almost twice the life of typical hot cathode fluorescent bulbs (15,000 hrs).   More...

2) With an efficiency of 80 lumens per watt, Taylorbrite CCF lights are five times for efficient than halogen and incandescent bulbs (12-15 lumens/watt) and almost twice as efficient as typical hot cathode fluorescent lights (40-50 lumens/watt).   More...

3) Taylorbrite CCF lights operate at dramatically cooler temperatures. In fact, it is safe to touch and handle the lights while they are operating with no fear of being burned.   More...

4) Taylorbrite CCF lights are one of the few fluorescent lights that are fully dimmable. Additionally, dimming reduces power without harming the life of the bulb (unlike halogen style bulbs).   More...

5) Taylorbrite CCF lights are Marine and RV UL listed, ensuring that they are up to the task of performing well in harsh conditions.   More...


COLD CATHODE FLUORESCENT LIGHTING- THE KEY TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF MARINE AND RV LIGHTS. To understand why we have developed our proprietary CCF lights, one first must understand the difference between the cold cathode fluorescent, on one hand, and traditional halogen and hot cathode fluorescent lighting on the other.

CCF lights provide up to 25,000 hours of service life and unlimited starts. The CCFs are similar in construction to neon lights, and because of this you receive the long-life you would expect with this light source. The CCFs are rated at 25,000 hours of life, which exceeds the operating lifetime of most boats and RVs. This translates into less time, expense, and hassle associated with changing bulbs.

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CCF draw very little power for the light they deliver. CCFs produce up to 80 lumens per watt. Halogen lights typically produce 15-18 lumens per watt, and the most efficient white LEDs on the market produce 23 lumens per watt.

The TIR lens enhances CCF efficiency. With the TIR lens, the CCFs provide peak illumination 4 to 8 times that of halogen and incandescent sources (of equivalent power draw). Furthermore, the Surface Mount CCFs have an equivalent peak illumination of typical hot-cathode fluorescent lights that consume 50-75% more power.

This significantly reduced power requirement means that:
• More lights can be run for longer periods on batteries before recharging
• Quieter ship/vehicle operation (no need to run the generator because lights are on)
• The electrical system (batteries, alternator, charger/converter, gauge of wire for lighting circuits) can be downsized.

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CCF lights operate at a much lower fixture temperature. Increased efficiency means you are generating more light for the power you consume; this is essential when considering you have limited power capabilities on a boat, RV, or truck. Because more power is converted into light and not dissipated as heat, CCF lights operate at a much lower fixture temperature (50oC versus 160oC for halogens), making them safer to install in all areas, drastically reducing ambient heat, demands on cooling systems, nor do they create fire hazards, or cause harm from accidental contact.

Back Taylorbrite's ballasts feature full dimming capability which offers true energy savings. Power consumption is directly reduced as the level of illumination is lowered. This is in contrast to conventional systems which absorb, and thereby waste, the excess power to reduce light output. Additionally, the ballast provides flicker-free light output due to its high operating frequency. Back Existing halogen and fluorescent technology does not meet the harsh requirements of the marine and RV environment. In halogen bulbs or hot cathode fluorescent tube, large amounts of electric current are pushed through a thin tungsten wire filament, superheating it into the range of 1,200oC-4,000oC (2,200oF-7,200oF). Because of this, the wire filament is very fragile and vulnerable to destruction by any level of vibration. It is also degraded by the very act of simply turning on the light due to higher starting currents. This repeated degradation results in a limited number of starts after which the wire filament fails.

CCF tubes withstand shock and vibration and produce long operating life. In contrast to the filaments in traditional lighting, the cold cathode electrodes operate at a significantly lower temperature of 65oC + 20oC. Furthermore, the electrodes in the ends of the cold cathode fluorescent tube are much more substantial in construction. This is because they use a large metallic tubular surface area instead of a thin filament of wire. This construction withstands destruction by shock and vibration experienced in the marine and RV environment. In fact, our CCFs have been subjected to tests of vibration from 10 Hz to 1 MHz, and have endured multiple shock impacts in excess of 50g, all without failure. (USCG recommendations were referred to for both tests.)

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