Advantages of Premira Xtrabrite Alpinewite Industry Leading Cathode Assembly

ME-DTC Advanced Fluorescent Lighting Technology -Since 1974

PREMIRA® I F96T12 Xtrabrite Alpinewite Fluorescent light bulbs Feature:

Brighter, Whiter & Long-Lasting!

85CRI & 5000k Simulates Natural Sunlight

Rare Earth Phosphors Up To 42% Brighter

95% Lumen Maintenance for Life

Earth-Safe® & green Long Life design

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#3 Industries Best Cathode Assembly

*Made in the USA


Maintenance Engineering uses a unique Cathode Shield that surrounds the cathode at each end of the lamp.

This shield is an integral part of our lamps ability to achieve 95% Lumen Maintenance.

It blocks any material that may sputter off the cathode from reaching the bulb wall and covering the phosphors, reducing light output.

The cathode shield helps the lamp stay bright over its entire life.  Most standard lamps have bare cathodes, which causes end-blackening and light loss.


Maintenance Engineering was the first in the industry to use a special mercury-release pill to precisely dose mercury into the lamp.

Our pill uses much less mercury than the standard industry method of pouring it in via mechanical pump.

Our mercury pill is part of a design that allows a significant reduction in mercury content without sacrificing life.

Because of this, our fluorescents average 70% less mercury than standard lamps.

This is one of the reasons our lamps are EARTH-SAFE, using less hazardous materials whenever possible.

In fact, many of our Premira lamps are TCLP-Compliant, meeting Federal Guidelines for acceptable mercury levels.  (please recycle all fluorescent lamps)


ME uses not one, but two wires of pure tungsten, triple wound to create a larger, stronger surface.

More surface means it can carry more starting oxides.  These oxides provide the extra electrons for starting the lamp. 

Translation, more oxides mean more starts, which means longer life.

*Premira I F40T12, F32T8 & F96T12 Xtrabrite Alpinewite linear fluorescent light bulbs are Made in the USA


#4 Precise Fill Gases, Internal Coating & Extended Life Phosphores

Our lamps use special mixtures of chemically-inert fill gases, unique to each lamp. For example, our T12 Xtrabrite uses 100% pure Argon gas, while our T8 Xtrabrite uses a blend of pure Krypton and Argon gas. Precisely dosed at low pressure, and help provide:   [Read More]

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