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Old 08-10-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
 
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Hey guys,

I'm fairly sure I found the best bulb for the job: http://www.amazon.com/Full-Spectrum-.../dp/B0009INXIO

Though I'm still looking around for a 5500-6500 kelvin version, and a place to buy them in smaller quantities. If you know of a higher specification bulb for about the same price, then please, speak up.

My question is, what are the best ballasts for these bulbs (and where should I buy them online)? Many areas don't need two T8's for light - so single bulb ballasts would be convenient too. Thanks.
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Really - no one has anything to say?
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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I've done away with most of the tubes in my house
I have (6) T-8 fixtures that use 3 bulbs each for 96w total
Only 3 are still installed at present
I was going to use them in the garage - work area -
But instead I'm putting in (6) cans in a wider area with CFL bulbs instead
I'll cover more area for about the same power as one fixture
Plus the CFL bulbs are less then $1 each - 5500 (HD)-6500K (Lowes)
And I can install anywhere from a 9w to a 23w if I need more light
And LED bulbs in the future if prices come down

What are you trying to light?
Home, basement, garage, workshop?



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Mostly the basement - the main reason why I chose those is because of their specification. I don't think there are any other 98CRI+ bulbs around...

Also, I read that good electronic ballasts can be basically silent even when your ear is right next to them (and of course no one would use magnetic ballasts these days - the hum and flicker is ridiculous). I'm fairly certain that electronic ballasts flicker at about 1000x more per second than magnetic ones - so they should be imperceptible.
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Any ideas?

Are there any 98 CRI CFLs? Is $30 per ballast and $15 per bulb a good price to be paying? Thanks.

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Old 12-15-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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Ballast type is now set by law. Your electrician will insure installation is to code and places like Home Depot or Lowes will only sell fixtures and lamps that are legal. CFL lights are likely to fail as the are not designed for use inverted but that is how they mount into recessed light cans. LED's are starting to be more widely available and a better option in the long run. The LED lamps are particularly good for locations where it will be difficult to change the lamp when it burns out.

The best dimmers I have found are the Lutron which work great on both ballast and non ballast applications and have a two part design with the dimmer control piece separate from the rocker switch. I have paid four times as much for electronic dimmers where the rocker section breaks after a few months and the switch needs to be replaced. After a electrician recommended Lutrons I have now have gone several years without having to replace a dimmer switch.
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What ballast is set by Law ??
What Law, please specify



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Well I still haven't gotten around to doing this project, and I'm still surprised at the lack of information on good quality components.
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Well I still haven't gotten around to doing this project, and I'm still surprised at the lack of information on good quality components.
I take it you didn't have any luck at either a lighting store or an electrical supply house?
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Any ideas?

Are there any 98 CRI CFLs? Is $30 per ballast and $15 per bulb a good price to be paying?
HELL no!

I pay well under $20 for a one or two light 32w T8 electronic ballast, but I get good prices. Also, new electronic ballasts allow you to use anything from one to the number of lamps it is listed for. For instance you can use two lamps in a three light ballast. It may be easier to buy all two-lamp ballasts and use them as you need.

The lamps I can't say, but it still seems WAY high. I see SP35 32w T8 lamps for $6-7.

You DO NOT need special ballasts for full spectrum lamps.
Have you tried a real electrical supply house?
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Well I asked for those Philips tl950s and ballasts that go with, and that was the quote I was getting (I think you'd call it a supply house). I'm thinking of going with CFLs now, but it is hard to find high CRI/color temperature CFLs.
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