Shatterproof lighting is a USDA requirement for all industrial and commercial spaces including facilities, restaurants, food production plants, farms and other areas where broken glass could cause possible contamination concerns. Shatterproof means that if the light is broken, the pieces will be contained and can be disposed of in 1 piece. This prevents small glass shards from accidentally contaminating commercial products. Shatterproof Philips 32 Watt T8 bulbs meet the USDA requirements while producing the bright, clear light that Philips is known for. No assembly is required, and all parts are self-contained in the fluorescent tube. The lamp will not deteriorate with age and the shatterproof coating only reduces the brightness by 1.5 to 3 percent total. The fluorescent lights are easy to clean, and require just a damp cloth to remove food or product waste. The shatterproof coating cannot wash off, even when exposed to common cleaning agents.