Can I use Cellophane on a fluorescent light fixture?

Has anyone ever used colored Cellophane on a fluorescent light fixture? We cut cellophane and taped it on the inside against the box panel cover. The effect is awesome, but I am wondering if there is a fire hazard there? The lights don't put off heat really and the cellophane sits about 8 inches away from the actual tube/bulb. I just wondered if anyone had ever tried this?

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 23, 2018

    I would definitely worry about a fire hazard. Maybe if you applied it on the outside over the glass it could work

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 23, 2018

    I do not think that is a good idea, for sure a fire hazard

  • Nun32489822 Nun32489822 on Jan 23, 2018

    you can buy different colored fluorescent light fittings at the local electrical dealers eric

  • Valerie Elson Valerie Elson on Jan 23, 2018

    I have never tried this but having installed 2 of my own fluorescent kitchen light systems and I think you are fine especially since the cellophane is not directly on the bulb, and there is sufficient space between the electrical components and the cellophane. This would be compared to placing a light diffusing panel intended for the fluorescent light

  • Valerie Elson Valerie Elson on Jan 23, 2018

    you are fine if you are just covering a solid panel with a color, if it is a grate like panel, I would leave an inch at both ends for some air flow just to be safe.

    • Kate Worley Wilson Kate Worley Wilson on Jan 23, 2018

      It is the plastic panel that goes over the light box just across the bottom . It sits about 8 inches below the actual bulbs. I've been in there and the bulbs put out no heat. Stays very cool. I really can't see where it would be a problem but wanted to ask people to make sure. Also, there is someone present when the lights are on

  • Carol rathburn Carol rathburn on Jan 23, 2018

    not sure on that one

  • Andraya Perrine Andraya Perrine on Mar 27, 2018

    How did this this work out for you Kate Wilson? I had the same idea for my basement fluorescents lol?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 19, 2023

    As long as you don't hve the light on long enouth to melt the cellophane it should be ok, but better to maybe use glass paint and colour the tube or the inside of the cover!