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Thread: T8 or T12

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Question T8 or T12

    I want to install a T8 or a T12 - Tube Light in one of my bedrooms for extra light.
    I am getting mixed answers to install either a T8 or a T12 for more light and being more cost efficient.

    Which one should i go for T8, T12 or something else.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Default Re: T8 or T12

    T8 will give you plenty of light. I believe that T12 is being phased out.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Cressona, PA

    Default Re: T8 or T12

    T12 is being phased out and is inefficient.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Pacific Northwet

    Default Re: T8 or T12

    I agree, T8 is the better choice. In my experience, they give more light. Make sure the ballast is compatible with T8; both T12 and T8 use the same sockets but usually they are not interchangeable.

    One thing that will be important to you is to select the right "color" -- it's measured in Kelvin and comes in values like 2700, 3500, 4100, etc. The smaller the Kelvin value, the pinker the light; the larger numbers are bluer. 3500 is roughly equivalent to "soft white" incandescent bulbs, but I think 4100 gives a more natural color.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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