Xenon Discharge Lamps

Updated
17-IV-2005
The Xenon lamp is of high value as a light source owing to the numerous spectral lines emitted by this gas when ionised, their relative intensities being such that a high quality white light is emitted. At high loading a near continuous spectrum can be achieved with outstanding colour properties, very similar to natural daylight.

Xenon lamps exist in three primary formats : Short Arc lamps in which the primary objective is to achieve a compact, high brightness source; Long Arc lamps in which luminous efficacy is optimised; and Flashlamps, which are designed to provide a brilliant pulse of light of short duration for photographic applications, warning beacons and special theatrical effects.

Compact Source Short Arc

Mazda

230W

FA.5 Xenon flash tube or continuous arc
1965

Thorn

2000W

XE/D for searchlight on the Centurion Tank
1968
   

Long Arc Flashtubes

Mazda

 

FA.12 U-shape Xenon Flash Tube
1964

Mazda

200J

FA.7 Spiral Xenon Flash Tube
1964

GE

 

FT.24 Spiral Xenon flash with modelling lamp
 

GE

8000W

PXA80 Pulsed Xenon Arc Graphic Arts Lamp
1990

Amglo

 

Spiral shape xenon flash lamp for airfield use
~1970