F13T5 fluorescent light bulbs for a smaller diameter fixture.
This lamp is commonly used in many places where the fixture is very small. Some of the places it's been used our task lighting, display lighting and other kinds of places where a small diameter bulb is mandatory. The diameter is only 5/8 of an inch and that makes it possible to use the in very small areas where the light source would rather not be seen. There are a lot of applications where a designer once the fixture to stay hidden and out of the way as if the light source comes from almost nowhere. That would probably be the ultimate design feature to have something that disappears, but we know that's not totally possible. But what's great about these F13T5 fluorescent light bulbs is that it comes as close as possible without costing a lot of money.
This lamp continues to be a common one as many retail under cabinet lights still use these. Task lighting is something many people in office across the country are concerned about because it can affect productivity of workers. There are so many applications where the F13T5 fluorescent light bulbs have been used, that's there is really too many to mention. If you have this bulb, it should be labeled like all fluorescents. stamped on the bulb with other pertinent information like color. The F13T5 comes in one length which is 21 inches.
The F13T5 fluorescent is not an exclusive to any manufacturer, all the major lighting entities have made them including GE, Sylvania and Philips plus many other smaller makers. Some of the available colors are cool white, warm white and daylight. Generally speaking the lower the color temperature, the warmer the color of the lamp, in other words, more yellow. The daylight is 6500K and is to be like natural outdoor daylight, it's a very white color. People use this type of light for SADS and other kinds of ailments sometimes called "winter blues". The warm white color is about 2700K and cool white is 4100K.
Whatever the lighting application, please note that the ballast is a magnetic one which is specially designed to operate this lamp. If you have a fixture that doesn't have the lamp in it and you're unsure about the lamp itself, then open the ballast cover and check the label. All ballasts have a label that identifies what fluorescent lamp is the one for the ballast. The ballast is an electrical device that starts the fluorescent bulb with a higher voltage then goes to a lower operating voltage after the initial start.
F13T5 fluorescent light bulbs are a good solution to get right light into your task lighting and other kinds of small diameter lighting for offices or homes. These aren't the same as the newer T5 lamps which operate on an electronic ballast and are the latest in energy efficiency. Call us if you have any questions about the difference if you're not sure. We stock them in sufficient quantities to meet almost any need that you may have.
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