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Will T5 Lamps Work With A T12 Electronic Fixture Ballast?

Retrofitting T12 or T8 to T5. Current fixtures utilize electronic ballast. Will T5 operate on existing ballast or require new…

Electrical Question from Paul about a Classroom Electrical Topic
Background: Paul, a Property Manager from Washington, DC Metropolitan
Question: Retrofitting T12 or T8 to T5. Current fixtures utilize electronic ballast. Will T5 operate on existing ballast or require new? Thanks in advance.

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Paul. The existing electronic ballast must state that it is compatible with T5 Lamps. If it does not, then a new compatible electronic ballast will be needed.

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3 Responses to “Will T5 Lamps Work With A T12 Electronic Fixture Ballast?”
  1. anne says:

    What do you think about this new product: http://www.luxadd.com ? the technology is is the product.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Anne
      This fluorescent lighting conversion product does have potential. I am curious if the existing ballast remains in the light fixture. I’m assuming so, but I will have to review the product more closely.

      Thanks for sharing.

      PS – please tell the young lady in the picture to use a good ladder, I sure would not want her to get hurt!

  2. anne says:

    Check out this unique retrofit adapter & converter – the only all-in-one solution on the market


    The technology is inside the LUXADD retrofit product. The opening of the T12 & T8 fixtures and ballast replacements are obsolete. Not a single wire needs to be touched. The echnology simply puts the old ballast to sleep. The retrofit is therefore as simple as replacing a light bulb. It’s a do-it-yourself solution for everyone from large corporations to residential home owners.

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