: Does anyone make true 8' long flourescent light fixtures in a
: design with electronic ballast?
: All of the 8' long T8 fxtures I have seen to date actually have
four 4' T8
: bulbs instead of 8' bulbs. I want electronic ballasts to
reduce the hum.
: Brian Elfert
They're fairly easy to find around here, but ... you usually have
to ask for them. Check your lumber yard and local electrical
supplies; they should have them.
They seem pricey at first, until you realize that, with 4 8'
tubes, you're also getting two ballasts and cktry for them.
As far as bulbs go, well I see those all over the place including
HD and Lowes, True Value, etc etc etc..
I use them in my shop; great light output and it spreads over a
LARGE area too. I pull the mains wiring for the ballasts out and
put two switches to a light fixture so I can have "decent" light
with two bulbs, or "excellent" light with all 4 on. Mixed with a
Halogen, they're perfect for finishing work - the dings & dangs
stand out like a big orange box!
Be sure they're not too much light for you though. My Mother had
eye problems so I put one in her little kitchen when she was
alive. She loved it. But it's too bright for anyone else.
Point is, if it's a small area with standard ceilings, leave
room for one or two smaller fixtures for "just passing thru" use.
Saves on 'tricity too. Ymmv