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post #1 of 2 Old 01-31-2008, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Using T10 bulbs in T8 Fixture?

I just bought a triple tube all glass strip light which says it is for T8 lights, but I could only find T10's at my LFS. The T10's work fine in it, but it is a tight fit. Is there any danger to using T10's in a T8 fixture? Or is the only difference the diameter of the bulbs?

Edit: I just answered my question the T stands for tubular and the number stands for the diameter of the lamp in eights of an inch. http://energyretrofitters.com/lampballast.html explains it in a little more detail. As far as i can tell there's no harm in what I'm doing, but if anyone knows otherwise please let me know.
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-31-2008, 04:40 PM
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The pin size will fit the same quality mounting plates but as far as I can tell, T8 ballasts are lower voltage than those used for T10 and T12 . This will give poor quality light from a T10 if they work at all.

Try Home Depot, Walmart or some other home improvment location to find T8 bulbs. They should be fairlty easy to find there.
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