Lighting FAQ and T-8 conversion
> Subject: Lighting FAQ
> Do we have a lighting FAQ?
> If we don't have a lighting FAQ, I volunteer to help coordinate
> We have had some very excellent posts lately and in the past on
> many different types of lighting available, options, DIY, etc.
I think it's a great idea!
BTW, I was talking to a lighting specialist last night, and he
said that the kind of light drop-off George noticed on the Tritons
(and the other bulbs he mentioned), is to be expected if the
bulbs are used without an electronic ballast.
Subject: Re: T-8 fluorescents
> So how do you convert T-12 fixture to fit T-8 tube ?
> 1. Ballast:
> What is a good brand ? Where to get them ? Any mail order
The ones I use are Triad B232I120RH. They will run 1 or 2 bulbs.
You can also get ballasts to run up to 4 bulbs, but I don't know
the serial#. I get mine from a club member in the lighting
business, but I would think that with that information, you could
probably get a lighting supplier to order them for you.
> 2. End caps:
> Do I need to replace the end caps since T-8 has 1 inch >
diameter and T-12 has 1.5 inch diameter ?
No, the end caps are the same.
> 3. Starter:
> Do I need a starter with the electronic ballast ?
> Is there any T-8 tube for 18" fixture ?
Sorry, I can't answer that one.
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