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Posted on Lighting: Help me understand the difference between T8 and T12

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 06:01 PM

There are a lot of aspects that effect comparisons. You see the common ones from wood working sites mentioned here. Get into aquariums and you see a lot of other variables. I have some t5HO systems over my reef tanks that easily throw more usable light because of the reflectors, ballasts, and fans to cool the bulbs/ballasts than units from big box stores (would have to run more bulbs on the box stores) but we are in a totally different price ballgame with these units (550 for the fixture and mid 20s for a light bulb).

A lot depends on the shop size and how long you will have the lights on. My small shop we are talking chump change between the different lighting options. I like the highest CRI rated bulbs I can get. Currently running screw in flourescents over my work bench that are a 6500k “full spectrum”. Nice white crisp light with accurate color representation.

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