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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 06:35 PM

I am just in the finishing stages of my new to me shops interior. Having completely stripped the wiring throughout. There were wires pigtailed together outside of boxes everywhere. It had 8 4×4 t12 lights in it, no ceiling, just attached to the trusses. I put unfinished osb board on the ceiling ( I bought it at an auction, 30 sheets right out of the osb plant for $60.00 ) I am installing 12 2 light x 4ft T8 lamps with diffusers directly mounted on the ceiling with 5000k bulbs. The lighting difference is astounding from the old ones. Now maybe the bulbs of the T12’s were quite aged, not sure. The biggest difference for me is the electronic ballasts, I can walk in and hit the switch and not wait for 15 minutes to see where I’m going. Have 4 more to install today.

-- - Martin

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