I have a four-bank system of 96 inch light bulbs in my kitchen dropped
ceiling, with each bank having its own old-style oil-based ballast. These
are 60 watt bulbs.
I have read some about the newer, electronic ballasts, and I can see their
advantage. I see common comments about T-8 bulbs , to replace T-12's.
Most of what I read about T-8 bulbs, say that they replace the T-12, with a
bi-pin base. But, the bulbs that I have now (the T-12) don't have a bi-pin
base, they have a bigger, single pin base, about the size of a pencil
I have several questions:
1. Is there a T-8 bulb that is rated at 60 watts??
2. Do they make the T-8 in the 96 inch size?
3. Is there a T-8 with the type of base that I have described (not bi-pin),
so that I could use my existing fixtures ??
4. My goals are to get equally good or better lighting in my kitchen (I now
use a total of 8 60 watt bulbs); have better, quieter, longer lasting
ballasts; and have longer lasting bulbs.
5. Any othe words of advice about what I should use if I want to improve
this lighting system ??
Thanks for any advice !!