Fluorescent lighting is a great way to get a lot of light output with
relatively little energy usage and with T8 technology, it keeps getting better. Engineers kept pushing the limit on this
concept, and have produced the new standard in 3 foot fluorescent bulbs; The F25T8 fluorescent light bulbs.
F25T8 bulbs save even more energy and produce a higher
level of light output than original fluorescent bulbs, which are known as F30T12
bulbs. You can tell the difference between a T8 and a T12 by measuring the
diameter of the bulb. The F25T8 bulb will be 1 inch in diameter, compared to 1
1/2 inch for the T12 bulb. The T8 are far more energy efficient and
operate on an electronic ballast usually configured to run several variances of
T8 lamps. As with all fluorescent bulbs, they rely on ballasts inside of
the fixtures in order to make them work. Almost all fixtures for these bulbs
come with ballasts already mounted and wired. The ballast is important because
it is specific for each type of lamp. You can't change from one type of
fluorescent to another without changing the ballast in most cases.
On a rare occasion there may be a ballast that is made for several different
types such as in the case of T8 lamps. Most of the time the ballast in the lamp
are matched electrically and so it's good to make sure the ballast you have is
the right one for the lamp you choose. In fact, the F25T8 operates on the same
ballast as most of the other lengths.
You can get these in almost any color you want including the
more desirable full spectrum light. The full spectrum has
special phosphors that give it a similar color to daylight or natural sunshine.
These are also available in F25T8 fluorescent light bulbs. It produces light
the way our eyes naturally use it, giving better visual acuity
and reducing problems like eyestrain. The term full spectrum is primarily used when referring to those lamps
that fall into the white to blue/white color temperature range. Color
temperature is measured by a term called Kelvin. 3000 Kelvin would be a warm
tone color and the 5000 Kelvin would be a white color. There are some of the older types of fluorescents
that don't use these terms but sometimes are called by a certain color such as
"cool white" or warm white". Those are the F30T12 variety and
could be retrofitted to the newer F25T8 fluorescent lamps. There are any
number of applications which use this lamp which include task lighting,
furniture, cove lighting and the list goes on and on.
With the increase of electrical costs, many businesses are looking for ways
to save energy with lighting. You can save a tremendous amount of energy
while still improving your lighting, getting better colors and more light.
There's no need to sacrifice light to get better electrical savings. There are many choices and one of the most popular type of lamps are the
F25T8 fluorescent light
with matching electronic ballasts. This combination has been a standard for
saving energy and many times has electric utility rebates associated with it.
What makes them such a natural is that the sockets for F30T12 lamps are exactly
the same making it an easy retrofit. If saving energy
while delivering minimum impact on our environment is your choice, then these
fluorescent bulbs are the right choice for you.
Saving energy is not the only feature of the F25T8 bulb. In addition to this, the
color rendering index (CRI) is better than T12 bulbs. CRI is the technical term
for the way a bulb makes colors look to the human eye. The higher the CRI, the
more subtle variations of the shade of color are seen. T12 bulbs were typically
in the 60-65 range. The T8 bulbs range from 75 all the way to 95. (100 is the
highest). There is such a wonderful difference when you use these bulbs an
increase the color saturation of the environment around you. This is true
for an office area or a retail store. You'll find that better color will
bring a better feeling to your office, you and your people will notice the
difference. Many offices still use colors like cool white which wash out
color and make everything look pale. It's mostly used in the F30T12 but
there are other types using it as well. It's old technology and was used because
color was thought to be less important. Because color correct lighting is
good for the eyes, it increases contrast for better readability.
The F25T8 fluorescent
light bulbs are the new standard today for energy efficiency in lighting in a 3
foot length. There are also the
compact fluorescent type which screw into regular light bulb sockets and there
are the plug-in type which are used in many original architectural fixtures.
Whatever type you choose or have, you will be saving energy while getting the
most light you can for your money. We have a large inventory of
fluorescent bulbs for nearly every type of light fixture in the field. If
you need help identifying the bulb you have, our customer service
representatives can help you determine what you have.