Modern tube fluorescents are the efficient, attractive, zero-flicker solution for your business or home.
Modern fluorescents use less power, yet last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs while giving higher-quality light—which means lower bills, less maintenance, and better ambience. Tube (linear) fluorescents require special ballasts and fixtures, and are used in commercial high-bays and ceiling lights (as well as home basements and shops). CFLs are a small, coiled version that replaces screw-in light bulbs in your home or business.
How Do Fluorescents Work?Developed for commercial use in the 1930s, fluorescent lights work by sending electricity through gas vapor and a small amount of mercury. The gas emits UV light, which causes a coating inside the glass tube to glow. A “ballast” sends the initial charge and then regulates the flow of current. Magnetic ballasts were known for producing buzz, hum, and flicker; new electronic ballasts have eliminated these issues.
High-Performance T8 Fluorescent Lights
HPT8 bulbs are up to 50% more efficient than T12s and 20% more efficient than standard T8s. They last up to 50% longer and give truer light with higher color rendering. It’s easy to retrofit most T12 fixtures to accept T8 bulbs, though a complete HPT8 system (high-output lamp plus low-power ballast) offers the biggest savings and efficiency gains.
- Maximize savings and efficiency with an HPT8 system
- No hum, no flicker thanks to a low-power electronic ballast
- Better color rendering with a minimum CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 82 out of 100
T5 and T5HO Fluorescent Lights
T5 tubes come in different lengths from T8s and T12s, so new fixture installs are required. Even so, T5s are a highly efficient and excellent choice for certain applications. T5HO systems, for instance, are made for high-output lighting where mounting heights exceed 25 feet. And a two-bulb T5 fixture can often replace a standard three-bulb T8 fixture, cutting the number of bulbs needed. Contact us for help choosing the right system, or find a contractor.
- Save overall by reducing the number of bulbs per fixture
- Reduce your electricity use while getting superior light
- Get the right light for industrial and athletic spaces with T5HO systems