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Types of Light Emissions
Types of Light Emissions

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Luminous an object that emitsproduces its own light eg sun Nonluminous an object that do not produce its own light and is visible due to reflected light eg a tree Sources of light ID: 615967 Download Presentation


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Types of Light Emissions

Luminous: an object that emits/produces its own light (eg. sun)Non-luminous: an object that do not produce its own light and is visible due to reflected light (eg. a tree)Slide2

Sources of light

Light energy comes from different sources:NaturalArtificialSlide3


light emitted from a material (tungsten metal) because of the high temperature of the materialAbout 5% of the electrical energy used in an incandescent bulb becomes light, the rest is lost as heatSlide4

Light of electric discharge

process of producing light by passing an electric current through a gas (eg. a neon sign is red-orange; lightning)Slide5


The emission of light by a material or an object that has not been heated (eg. fluorescence)Light from fluorescenceProcess of emitting light while receiving energy from another sourceSlide6

How does a fluorescent bulb work?

It is an electric discharge tubeThe bulb contains mercury vapour along with an inert gas (Argon). The inside of the bulb is coated with a powdery substance called phosphorAs electrons travel through the gas, from one electrode to the other, they collide with atoms of mercury and excite these atomsSlide7

How does a fluorescent bulb work?

The excited mercury atoms release their excess energy in the form of ultraviolet (UV) light (humans can’t see this)The energy of the UV light is absorbed by the phosphor, which emits visible lightThese light bulbs are 20% efficient, meaning 20% of the energy it uses is converted into lightSlide8


Light that is emitted due to exposure of the source to white light, and that continues to be emitted for some time in the absence of the white light (eg. glow in the dark objects)Slide9


Light that is produced by a chemical reaction without a rise in temperature (eg. glow stick)Slide10


Light that is produced by a biochemical reaction in a living organism (eg. firefly)Slide11


Production of light from friction as result of scratching, crushing, or rubbing certain crystals Light emitting diode (LED)Light produced as a result of an electric current flowing in semiconductors; no filaments and does not produce much heat (eg. Christmas lights)Slide12

Review questions

1) What do all incandescent materials have in common to cause them to emit light?2) What percentage of electrical energy used in an incandescent light bulb is converted to light?3) How is the ultraviolet radiation produced in a fluorescent light transformed into visible light?Slide13

4) What is phosphorescence?

5) Why is chemiluminescence sometimes referred to as cool light?6) What are two differences between LEDS and incandescent bulbs?

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