08-13-2009, 09:30 AM
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Will T5, T8 and CF ballasts work for bulbs of any length?
I was thinking about making my own 48" canopy and since I have all of these ballasts from smaller lights I was wondering if I could simply install longer bulbs using the same ballasts. I have 18" T8s and CFs in 6" (I think), which would give me enough to have two 48" T8s and two 24" CFs, and If I find someone local getting rid of a old or broken T5 canopy, then that should be an easy upgrade as well.
I have already made my own moonlighting using some circuit boards, resistors and LEDs from radio shack... so I have the capability, but if any of you DIY electricians know more about working with these ballasts, then please let me know whether I can use the same equipment that is in my small lights or I have to make certain adjustments.