I'm looking for an 8-foot flush-mount decorative (as opposed to the
shop versions) fluorescent lighting fixture for our kitchen. I can
find plenty of 4-foot models in all kinds of different designs and
finishes, but am having no luck on the 96" versions.
Do they exist, and if so, might anyone be kind enough to point me in
the right direction - either on the web or otherwise?
Check at the lighting store or an electrical supply house. The big box
stores are not likely to have much.
While the 8 footers have advantages, remember that they also may pose
some inconveniences like handling and changing lamps, finding the lamps you
want. For example in a kitchen you want a lamp that will give good color
quality to the food and finding those lamps in 8 foot lamps may be
Eight foot bulbs and fixtures were available 35 years ago. They have not
become more common. I happen to have 8' bulbs, the ends for them and
ballasts but not the complete fixture. Wish you lived close, I do not plan
to use them and need the space. Not interested in trying to ship the bulbs.
I was referring to the lamps not the fixtures. I doubt if the fixtures
will become more common as they are not practical for most home uses (I do
have them in my garage) and most people are just not going to consider
them, but as lamp technology is improving for the smaller lamps, that same
technology that is becoming more common for the smaller lamps should be come
more common for the large ones as well.
The 8' fixtures are exclusivly commercial units.
They used to be more efficient than the 4' ones, but are now worth
replacing. Don't put any new ones in!!
Look to commercial units that use a 4' lamp, but can be linked together
into long runs. This is quite common in larger buildings.
Check www.lightsearch.com and www.elumit.com
These are specifier fixture search engines.
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