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jongage 02-04-2009 01:03 AM

T12 to T8 lights?????
 
Ok I have an old light in the garage that only has one of the two lights working. I replaced the lights, however only one still works. I am guessing that it needs a new ballast....

Here is were I need some assistance. The lights that are currently installed are F96/T12 @ 75 watts. 120V

With everything changing over to the T8's, will a new T8 ballast works with the T12's??

What should I look for when going to the HD or Lowe's for a new one??


Thanks
-Jon

ACB Electric 02-04-2009 05:13 AM

an f96 is an 8' tube, is your fixture an 8'?, there is no 8' t8 (that I have seen anyways) I know you can buy a fixture 8' long with 4- 4' tubes, but have not seen a conversion kit yet on the market, I would just get a standard ballast and if your worried about the tubes going off the market pick up 3 pairs (6) and that should last you close to the life of the new ballast.
if there is a kit available, for the most part it woulld be just as easy as buying a new fixture and not much different in cost, as you would need a 4 tube ballast and 8 sockets as well as new cover and a center support for the sockets, then have to adapt it to your fixture,,,,, I would just get a new fixture personaly if you want to go to T8

the T5 are even better, more energy efficient and 4tubes are almost the equivelent of a 250 w metal halide

bobelectric 02-04-2009 05:24 AM

Try www.ballastwise.com

kbsparky 02-04-2009 05:27 AM

First order of business: Is this fixture located in an unheated area? :huh:

If so, then be sure to get a replacement ballast rated for cold temp environment, to minimize flickering during cold weather. :mad:

As for the T8 bulbs, they are indeed available, and I believe rated at 59 watts (instead of your old 75 watt tubes). :wink:

So get an electronic ballast for 2 tube 59 watts each. :whistling2:

Cow 02-04-2009 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ACB Electric (Post 224853)
an f96 is an 8' tube, is your fixture an 8'?, there is no 8' t8 (that I have seen anyways)

They make them but they're definitely a strange duck.

Like said above, if you're changing ballast and bulbs, just change the whole fixture for a few dollars more. I'm a fan of the 4 lamp 8' T8 strips myself.

Scuba_Dave 02-04-2009 01:22 PM

My flourescent T-8's Still use 40 watts
I've decided to install recessed cans w/CFL bulbs
I can install 5 cans & cover more area, 6 can set is $45 at HD
In addition I can go up or down on the wattage if I need more light
And the ballast is built into the bulb

kbsparky 02-04-2009 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 225058)
My flourescent T-8's Still use 40 watts...

That has to be a strange animal. What is the catalog number on those bulbs?

:wink:

Scuba_Dave 02-04-2009 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kbsparky (Post 225179)
That has to be a strange animal. What is the catalog number on those bulbs?:wink:

Nope - I'm wrong - each one is 32w - 3 in a fixture = 96 watts
That means the 3 basement fixtures use 288w when they are all on
And they do not light up the basement very well

I guess installing the can lights just moved up on my To-Do list


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