Let there be fluorescent light! Fluorescent lights are found everywhere, but do you know how they work? Those white tubes are more efficient than incandescent bulbs and don't get as hot. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the science inside these fluorescent lamps.
Question 1 of 20
Light energy is made up of small particlelike packets that have __________.
Question 2 of 20
A light particle that has energy is called what?
Question 3 of 20
When does a photon get released from an atom?
Question 4 of 20
What is the main difference between the different types of light bulbs?
Question 5 of 20
Which metal is contained in the sealed glass tube of a fluorescent light?
Question 6 of 20
What happens when a fluorescent lamp is turned on?
Question 7 of 20
Electrons from mercury atoms mostly release light photons from which wavelength?
Question 8 of 20
Ultraviolet light is converted to visible light by what part of the fluorescent lamp?
Question 9 of 20
Why are fluorescent bulbs more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs?
Question 10 of 20
Fluorescent lamps are how many times more efficient than incandescent lamps?
Question 11 of 20
What are ions?
Question 12 of 20
A fluorescent lamp needs what two things to send a current through the gas in the tube?
Question 13 of 20
Which of these is a gas discharge lamp, which releases colored visible light when stimulated by ions and electrons?
Question 14 of 20
What happens inside a fluorescent lamp when it's turned on?
Question 15 of 20
What is inside the casing of a conventional fluorescent starter switch?
Question 16 of 20
What is the problem with the older conventional fluorescent starter switches?
Question 17 of 20
Instant-start fluorescent lamps apply a very high initial voltage to the electrodes, which creates a _________.
Question 18 of 20
In terms of conducting electricity, what is a major difference between solids and gases?
Question 19 of 20
What part of a fluorescent light prevents an uncontrolled current from blowing out various electrical parts?
Question 20 of 20