Can you use a t8 bulb with a t12 ballast?
you have to remove the ballast- as most t8 tubes have an electronic one inside. If you put them in t12- you will burn the bulb up and they will work sporadically before they die. Also the fixture gets blackend. You must use non shunted lamp holders.
In a fluorescent lighting system, the ballast regulates the current to the lamps and provides sufficient voltage to start the lamps. Without a ballast to limit its current, a fluorescent lamp connected directly to a high voltage power source would rapidly and uncontrollably increase its current draw.
- When you turn on a fluorescent tube, the starter is a closed switch. The filaments at the ends of the tube are heated by electricity, and they create a cloud of electrons inside the tube. The fluorescent starter is a time-delay switch that opens after a second or two.
- No, removing the ballast does not make your LED conversion consume less electricity. The ballast is an essential component which converts and regulates power delivered to a fluorescent tube. LEDs also require this power conversion and regulation; it can not be avoided.
- The ballast takes in electricity and then regulates current to the bulbs. A typical ballast will generally last about 20 years, but cold environments and bad bulbs can decrease this lifespan significantly. You can get a new ballast at a hardware store or home center and install it in about 10 minutes.
A replacement ballast costs about $10-25 depending on capacity and brand. The bite is that an electrician trip charge (which includes 30 or 60 minutes work) is going to be $75-150 probably - for about 5 minutes work on each light fixture.
- He charges $50 per headlight for installation. According to aftermarket parts retailer AutoZone, the average cost of a halogen bulb is about $15 to $20, while HID bulbs typically cost $100 or more. Addison says the average cost to replace an entire headlight assembly is $250 to $700.
- The quick and short answer is, if your office, store, hospital or school is still being lit with T12 linear fluorescent lamps, then yes, you have likely already experienced difficulty sourcing replacement products for burned out lamps or ballasts. Even some T8 lamps have been phased out.
- In a large batch of fluorescents, say 100, when the 50th bulb burns out calculate the 3 hour periods of time and a typical F32T8 fluorescent tube lasts 30,000 hours. But, it the burn time for this same type of lamp is increased from 3 to 12 hours, the lamp will last longer, closer to 36,000 hours.
Updated: 15th August 2018