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T12 Light Bulbs


Some general information.
At BuyLightFixtures.com, we want to provide you with the highest quality T12 light bulbs that are going to last for a long time and take care of your lighting replacement needs. The T12 fluorescent tubes are the older style of fluorescents that were used for general lighting and still are today in many light fixtures. Although many have been replaced with T8 and LED, there’s still a lot of you who have these and need these for a fluorescent replacement bulb. Most of the time this fluorescent light bulb cool white was the most popular for offices and commercial lighting everywhere. They were also used in everybody’s garage workshop or basement; it was so pervasive. Now we have these as a consumable item that you can still buy or consider replacing something more energy-efficient.

The operation of T12 lamps.
These lamps operate on a magnetic ballast most of the time, although on a few occasions people and converted some of their light fixtures to an electronic ballast that will utilize this light. It’s tough to get any more light fixtures that are made for this type of bulb, but we still have a few of those. Most people are converted to the T8’s that operate on an electronic ballast, and that’s been the natural replacement for the old light bulb cool white 4100K. The ballast in this operation is much more massive than the electronic ballasts because of all the copper windings on the inside. It’s also a rapid start ballast and starting operation, not an instant start. Sometimes you’ll see this a little slow to light, or it’ll flicker a little bit before it goes entirely on. That was the nature of this type of lamp, and that’s why a lot of people are replacing it because of its flickering, poor color rendition and high energy consumption. But for many people, it might not be in the budget to replace them all at this time for something more efficient and if that’s the case we have plenty in stock for you.

The colors for T12 lamps.
There’s no talking about T12 light bulbs without talking about color temperature. These come in three primary colors although there are many others in smaller variations. The most common are cool white, warm white and daylight. All of these have sufficient light output and are probably some of the lowest cost types of T12 bulbs that you can get today. There are other light colors such as the more particular Kelvin temperature versions which are also available. Not only are these colors available, but a more color correct type of fluorescents includes the Chroma 50 and Chroma 75 for people who need a daylight color that is very accurate. Once again, for people that are moving into something more energy-efficient we do have T8 lamps with the same color properties and improvements.

Saving money is a beautiful thing.
With the advent of more energy-efficient light sources such as LED tube lights, you see some of these replaced now with T8 LED tubes. It’s a good choice if you want to save more energy and possibly qualify for some different rebate programs that electrical utilities have. LED lights will give you the same amount of light for less wattage and so this is where you’ll get the best possible savings. Some people don’t just change the tubes, they will go for a whole new light fixture if some of the incentives are good or their lighting system is particularly old. If that’s the case we have a complete line of lighting fixtures in LED and for some situations with the payback being so good, it might make sense to go to an entirely new fixture instead of just retrofitting to an LED bulb. If you want to know how much you’ll save on going to an LED T8 light bulb, we have a free download on the left-hand column of our website that is an energy savings calculator in an Excel spreadsheet format. It will give you all the information that you need to make a simple comparison for what you have now and what you may be thinking about going to as far as in more efficient lighting system. All you have to do is put the existing data as to what you have right now and what you might want to buy from us that is more efficient, and it will tell you the savings and the payback. So you can get an idea of what might work best for you in your situation as far as an economic consideration.

How can we help you today?
If you’re unsure about what you need, give us a call or email us any information or questions that you may have. We have a lot of experience with all types of retrofits in new construction situations. We know how to get the best lighting for the least possible amount of energy consumed. And it’s not just about saving energy; it’s also about getting the best possible illumination for your interior space. We have plenty of T12 light bulbs in stock for almost anything you may need them for. We can get them to you quickly, and we pack them up very well, so they get there in one piece, no problem. We had good warranties on the product and if you’re looking for a more significant quantity, make sure to get a hold of us for an individual quote. For multiple cases, we can help you with the pricing, or if you’re ordering these for other locations, we can send them there as well. There’s never been a better time to maintain your lighting system with either fluorescent T12 light bulbs or its new T12 LED alternative.

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