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post #11 of 14 Old 12-08-2010, 03:42 PM
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Yes definitely 96 watt. compact Florescent! Just don't no if it will drive a lesser wattage compact safely.
Well, I don't know the fixture so can't say more really. Compact fluorescent bulbs are ordinary bulbs that we are now being encouraged to use in place of the older incandescent because the CF take far less energy to produce the same light. You buy them in hardware stores, etc. If you have some sort of special fixture, that may be a different setup.

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-09-2010, 10:18 AM
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Can you take a picture of the fixture?

If you have these:


Then you'll be fine switching them.



If it looks different, or your bulbs are the two-prong type, then it might require a special bulb (from the fixture manufacturer). Might be cheaper to get another fixture in that case.

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post #13 of 14 Old 12-09-2010, 11:26 AM
I can already tell you they are not spiral compacts. They are Power Compacts the bulb is U shaped and going to be over two feet long. They are techinally LIKE a bent T5 NO its one tube with 4 pins on one end and no pins on the other. 96 watts is a standard size. These are not self ballasted so you can't swap them. Depending on the fixture you can generally remove some bulbs and it should still light the others. I use these as my main fixtures and have built and wired them before. Vast majority of light fixtures function the same way. Often the bulb type is the biggest difference in T8 T5 and PC fixtures. All have the same basic parts.
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I had a feeling they were power compacts.. ;)

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