Specialty fluorescent lighting is a good way to get the light
you need for a specific area. One of the smaller light bulbs for this
application are the F8T5 fluorescent light bulbs. Because of their small
size, only 12 inches long, they've been used in task lighting or display lighting for many years.
F8T5 bulb will be 5/8 inches in diameter and 12
inches long. The F8T5 is the standard cool white or warm white
lamp that's been used in task lighting and other types of tight spaces. As with all
fluorescent bulbs, they rely on ballasts inside of the fixtures in order to make
them work. The ballast is important because
it is specific for each type of lamp, especially the F8T5. You can't change from one type of
fluorescent to another without changing the ballast in most cases.
In the case of F8T5 fluorescent light bulbs, the magnetic ballast
and the lamp
are matched electrically, so you can't switch to something else without changing
the fixture. The F8T5 fluorescent bulbs
typically operate on a magnetic ballast and there is no upgrade to an electronic
ballast unless you change to a different lamp as well. Look for this lamp commonly used in a display
lighting situation, but we also have other lamps which are replacing this one as
a display lighting standard. We have this bulb available in one length and
they are sometimes labeled as F8T5CW or F8T5WW or even F8T5BLB. The BLB
stands for black light blue, the most common type of black light
people use for special effect lighting.
As mentioned before, F8T5 light bulbs have been used in many types
of lighting which includes some things that are a little more obscure. A
popular application are small hand held trouble lights, battery operated
flashlights or other types of machinery which require a
specific size light to illuminate a certain area. These could be special
types of industrial machines or task lights, but mostly it's for illuminating
areas which are usually tight and are hard to reach. For some time in the
lighting industry, exit signs used this lamp in side-lit exits too. The F8T5 is really an older
form of technology and are being replaced by other fluorescent twin tube or PL
type lamps, but it
doesn't mean that there aren't many installations where they've been used.
That's why we keep a full selection of these lamps at all times. We have them in the popular colors including cool white
warm white. If you have another color other than these two, please call us
for availability, we probably have those too. So no matter which F8T5 bulbs you have, we will have what you need.
Because it's still very pervasive in many types of lighting across the
country, we make the F8T5 fluorescent light bulbs a substantial part of our
offering. It's still being sold in some new fixtures for home users, so there will probably never be a time when these will not be in use.
Remember that there are many types of fluorescent lighting, we describe some
of the most common used in commercial lighting here. The F8T5 fluorescent
light bulb is a good all around fluorescent light which sometimes works where
nothing else does. Whatever type of
fluorescent 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 a fluorescent bulb, our customer service
representatives can help you determine what you have.