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Can you lay a fluorescent light on its back?

Posted by graywings (My Page) on
Mon, May 25, 09 at 8:42

Some compact fluorescent bulbs have notes on the packaging that warn against using them upside down or sideways. Does the same apply to fluorescent tubes?

I have an interior room in which I want to lay a fluorescent tube light on the top of a bookcase, hoping to give some light to the room inexpensively. I plan to leave it on all the time. I was thinking of using a 48 inch two-light strip fixture.

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RE: Can you lay a fluorescent light on its back?

That's a perfect use for that fixture.
Linear fluorescents are used all the time in valences and on top of kitchen cabinets.
A two light may be too bright, though.

RE: Can you lay a fluorescent light on its back?

Thanks! I will reconsider the size.

RE: Can you lay a fluorescent light on its back?

I've never seen the indirect light that is too bright. If you want some dimmer options you could do ropelight as well. I have fluorescent fixtures on the shelf and they are my favorite lighting.

RE: Can you lay a fluorescent light on its back?

I received an e-mail asking if I had done gone through with this idea and what the result was. I ended up not doing it, and instead placed two buffet lamps on the sideboard.

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