Some time ago, Sylvania lighting came out with fluorescent bulbs that contained less mercury and it seems that many other manufacturers have followed this ecological trend. Its a great thing because it means that less mercury will make its way into our drinking water and landfills. Sylvania ECO T8 bulbs save even more energy and produce a higher level of light output than original fluorescent bulbs, which are known as T12 bulbs. You can tell the difference between a T8 and a T12 by measuring the diameter of the bulb. A T8 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. Ballasts are available from Universal, Magnetek, Advance, Osram Sylvania, among others. Almost all fixtures for Octron 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.
With the advent of higher electrical costs and ecological concerns, many businesses are looking for ways to save energy and the environment with lighting. There are many choices in this area right now and one of the most popular type of lamps are the T8 fluorescent lights 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 used for less efficient T12 lamps are exactly the same making it an easy retrofit. The very latest enhancement to T8 bulbs is the eco-friendly design from Sylvania. According to Sylvania, "Ecologic is a comprehensive program focused on addressing environmental issues at all stages of lamp life." They go on to say that bulbs in this category "are designed to meet the Federal Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) criteria for classification as non-hazardous waste in most states." If you are sensitive to the impact of hazardous material in the environment we live in, then energy saving T8 bulbs from the Ecologic line are for you. If saving energy while delivering minimum impact on our environment is your choice, then these fluorescent bulbs are the right choice for you.
Remember that there are many types of fluorescent bulbs, we describe some of the most common used in commercial lighting here. 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, our customer service representatives can help you determine what you have.