The Lamp


Here’s my modified Way Too Cool ultraviolet lamp with it’s 12 volt battery pack.

It’s got 26 watts of shortwave power and 13 watts of long wave. When using such a powerful ultraviolet radiation source, eye and skin protection are required for safe operation.

Using such a powerful lamp is a mixed blessing. It emits a lot more UV than my 4 watt lamp. But it also emits a lot more visible light. For most specimens, the increased radiation greatly enhances the fluorescence. With a few specimens, the increased radiation doesn’t increase the fluorescence as much as the added light overpowers it.


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