Legislation has long worked on pushing lighting standards forward, and among the lamps phased out were 700 series F32T8 fluorescent tubes. The lamps in this series provided light whose CRI (Color Rendering Index) was in the 70s on a scale of 0-100. Replacement lamps have CRIs of 80 or more.
Now that stock of 700 series lamps is disappearing, consumers sticking with fluorescent tubes (rather than upgrading to T8 LED lamps) need to choose the higher quality lights when it's time to replace old lamps. And while they can simply move up to 800 series option, they have another option in Sylvania's new Vivid series lamps.
These lamps (designated with part numbers that begin with FO32/V) are useful if color quality is critical. Compared to Sylvania's 800 series, these lamps are about 16% less bright (both using 32 watts), and they only have about 75% of the rated life. (18,000 hours instead of 24,000 hours.) So they're not the best value in terms of longevity and efficacy (or lumens per watt).
But the Vivid series lamps also boast an impressive 90 CRI and, at the time of this writing, we provide them at a lower cost. In fact, they're priced almost as well as the 700 lamps in their final days.
Both options (the 800 series lamps and the Vivid series lamps) make good upgrades, and the better choice depends on the needs of your business. Either way, we have them ready to ship same day when you order your in-stock lamps by 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday.