Fluorescent U-Lamps for sign-makers | Light Sources

By: Lightsources  09-12-2011
Keywords: service providers, Sign Lamp

Simplified sign construction and tremendous versatility make Voltarc’s TUFBEND® U-lamps the sign-maker’s choice for high-output, fluorescent U-lamps for exterior signs.

The U-Lamp fluorescent sign lamp is the simple, straightforward solution to the most difficult fluoresent sign lamping applications. It simplifies sign construction using non-rectangular shapes. They require support at only one end and provide just the right amount of light from the opposite bent end.

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Challenging Sign Applications?
Not a Problem With Voltarc’s U-Lamps
Many applications present challenges in sign-making, but you can meet the challenge with high-performing U-lamps. For large letters, our U-lamps give shadowless lighting in curved areas and can be used in combination with straight lamps. For irregular shapes and odd-shaped frames – anything from a large letter “M” to a cowboy hat to a giant cactus – our U-lamp provides precise illumination. These advantages have long made the TUFBEND® U-lamp series the industry standard!

Less Cost Combined With Less Maintenance

Signmakers can cut their labor and material costs up to 50 percent with the tough, heavy wall  glass and patented stabilizing brace found in TUFBEND® U-Lamps. They have literally changed the nature of sign design, construction and maintenance. Because the U-lamp does twice the work of similar straight lamps – at far less cost and with less maintenance – sign-makers and service providers have far more design freedom, with sockets in the same plane and requiring only one raceway, in the process eliminating cross-wiring and providing far more latitude in sign shape and size. Where a sign-maker might need to use two rows of straight lamps, thus causing a pale shadow, U-lamps eliminate this problem and allow for simplified electrical and sheet metal work, with fewer ballasts, sockets and lamps to buy and install. The overall effect is significantly lower sign construction costs.

Odd shapes, protrusions, small areas, corners, angles, curved faces and other hard-to-light areas are no problem with U-lamps. Lamp overlap is not needed to achieve bright, even illumination. And the TUFBEND® U-lamp’s bent ends fill space that might otherwise require the installation of straight lamps.

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TUFBEND® U-Lamps (6" Leg Spacing)
All TUFBEND ® lamps ending in the suffix "CT" are specifically designed for use in cold temperature applications and will perform satisfactorily on existing ballasts at cold temperatures (<60°F). They are etched "for cold temperature use only".

Cool White
Part #

Description

Day Light
Part #

Description

DSN50
Part # 

Description

13001

FTU6-24T12/CW/HO 

13002

FTU6-24T12/D/HO

13003

FTU6-24T12/DSN50/HO 

13004

FTU6-36T12/CW/HO 

13005

FTU6-36T12/D/HO 

13006

FTU6-36T12/DSN50/HO 

13007

FTU6-48T12/CW/HO 

13008

FTU6-48T12/D/HO 

13009

FTU6-48T12/DSN50/HO 

13010

FTU6-60T12/CW/HO 

13011

FTU6-60T12/D/HO 

13012

FTU6-60T12/DSN50/HO 

13013

FTU6-72T12/CW/HO 

13014

FTU6-72T12/D/HO 

13015

FTU6-72T12/DSN50/HO 

13016

FTU6-84T12/CW/HO 

13017

FTU6-84T12/D/HO 

13018

FTU6-84T12/DSN50/HO 

13139

FTU6-96T12/CW/HO/CT 

13138

FTU6-96T12/D/HO/CT

13021

FTU6-96T12/DSN50/HO/CT 

13022

FTU6-120T12/CW/HO 

13023

FTU6-120T12/D/HO 

13024

FTU6-120T12/DSN50/HO 

Lamp 2
Designation 

Nominal
Bent Length 

Actual Bent Length to Socket 

Lamp
Watts 

Rated 3
Life (hrs.) 

Lumens 1 Cool White 

Base 

Mounts Rod 

Shipping Weight per Case

Lamps  per Case

FTU6-24T12/HO 

12" 

10 1/2" 

36

9,000

1,600

FTU6/HO 

FTU24 

4

6

FTU6-36T12/HO 

18" 

16 1/2" 

48

9,000

2,750

FTU6/HO 

FTU36 

6

6

FTU6-48T12/HO 

24" 

22 1/2" 

60

12,000

4,000

FTU6/HO 

FTU48 

7

6

FTU6-60T12/HO 

30" 

28 1/2" 

75

12,000

5,125

FTU6/HO 

FTU60 

10

6

FTU6-72T12/HO 

36" 

34 1/2" 

87

12,000

6,125

FTU6/HO 

FTU72 

11

6

FTU6-84T12/HO 

42" 

40 1/2" 

100

12,000

7,400

FTU6/HO 

FTU84 

12

6

FTU6-96T12/HO/CT 

48" 

46 1/2" 

112

12,000

8,720

FTU6/HO 

FTU96 

14

6

FTU6-120T12/HO 

60" 

57" 

132

12,000

10,650

FTU6/HO 

FTU120 

16

6


TUFBEND® U-Lamps (9" Leg Spacing)
All TUFBEND ® lamps ending in the suffix "CT" are specifically designed for use in cold temperature applications and will perform satisfactorily on existing ballasts at cold temperatures (<60°F). They are etched "for cold temperature use only".

Cool White Part #

Description

Day Light Part #

Description

DSN50
Part # 

Description

13025

FTU9-36T12/CW/HO 

13026

FTU9-36T12/D/HO 

13027

FTU9-36T12/DSN50/HO 

13028

FTU9-48T12/CW/HO 

13029

FTU9-48T12/D/HO 

13030

FTU9-48T12/DSN50/HO 

13031

FTU9-60T12/CW/HO 

13032

FTU9-60T12/D/HO 

13033

FTU9-60T12/DSN50/HO 

13034

FTU9-72T12/CW/HO 

13035

FTU9-72T12/D/HO 

13036

FTU9-72T12/DSN50/HO 

13037

FTU9-84T12/CW/HO 

13038

FTU9-84T12/D/HO 

13039

FTU9-84T12/DSN50/HO 

13141

FTU9-96T12/CW/HO/CT 

13140

FTU9-96T12/D/HO/CT 

13042

FTU9-96T12/DSN50/HO/CT 

13043

FTU9-120T12/CW/HO 

13044

FTU9-120T12/D/HO 

13045

FTU9-120T12/DSN50/HO 

Lamp 2 Designation 

Nominal
Bent Length 

Actual Bent Length to Socket

Lamp Watts 

Rated 3
Life (hrs.) 

Lumens 1 Cool White 

Base 

Mounts Rod 

Shipping Weight per Case

Lamps per Case

FTU9-36T12/HO 

18"

15 13/16"

48

9,000

2,750

FTU9/HO 

FTU36 

6

6

FTU9-48T12/HO 

24"

21 13/16"

60

12,000

4,000

FTU9/HO 

FTU48 

8

6

FTU9-60T12/HO 

30"

27 13/16"

75

12,000

5,125

FTU9/HO 

FTU60 

10

6

FTU9-72T12/HO 

36"

33 13/16"

87

12,000

6,125

FTU9/HO 

FTU72 

12

6

FTU9-84T12/HO 

42"

39 13/16"

100

12,000

7,400

FTU9/HO 

FTU84 

13

6

FTU9-96T12/HO/CT 

48"

45 13/16"

112

12,000

8,720

FTU9/HO 

FTU96 

15

6

FTU9-120T12/HO 

60"

56 13/16"

132

12,000

10,650

FTU9/HO 

FTU120 

18

6

Mounting Voltarc U-lamps is easy and effective with our complete range of high-quality mounting hardware, including simple standard mounts and supports to help with quick and easy installation. We also furnish U-lamp bases complete with sockets and welded bridges to accept U-lamp support rods, which include spring-loaded hooks and assemble easily to the mounting base.

Rods
Spring loaded rods for mounting U-lamps in signs; with 2 cotter pins; 12 per carton

Part
#

Description

12025

FTU 24", Rod and Hook

12026

FTU 36", Rod and Hook

12027

FTU 48", Rod and Hook

12028

FTU 60", Rod and Hook

12029

FTU 72", Rod and Hook

12030

FTU 84", Rod and Hook

12031

FTU 96", Rod and Hook

12032

FTU 120", Rod and Hook

12034

FTU 4 1/2", Rod and Hoo


Closure Plates
48 per carton

Part
#

Description

12022

Closure Plates  

Rod Brackets
24 per carton

Part
#

Description

12021

Rod Brackets


Bases

12 per carton

Part
#

Description

Standard base

12014

FTU6/HO

base with
582A lampholder

12015

FTU9/HO

base with
582A lampholder

12017

FTU6-120/HO

base with
583 lampholder


Part
#

Description

Tombstone base

12019

FTU6-/HO/T

base with
530.6K lampholder

12020

FTU9-/HO/T

base with
530.6K lampholder

 12018

 FTU9-120/HO

 base with
583 lampholder

Bridges
Bridge for 6" or 9" U-Lamp; 48 per carton

Part
#

Description

12023

FTU6 Bridge

12024

FTU9 Bridge

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