The theory is less flicker and less electricity consumed. I used T8 in
the wash rack in the barn in the water tight fixture. I did not look
at the flicker compares to the HO T12 fixtures which flicker a lot
when it is close to freezing. Maybe they are not HO but single pin. I
guess HO was what I had in a building where the fixtures were 30 feet
off the ground.
Sorry I missed your question last time I looked here.
Yes.. the T8 are more efficient, start in the cold and supposedly last
T8 will fit in a regular fixture (with two pins on each end) but
Then you can change the balast designed for t-8 and the flicker goes
away and in my case the humming all disappeared too.
The cold start is what got me going on T-8's... the rest was just a
I installed four T8 fluorescent fixtures (two 48" bulbs each), with
electronic ballasts, in our garage when we built it a few years ago.
Compared to all other lights I've used in the past, they are wonderful!
They come on instantly, with no flickering, even in cold weather. If it's
really cold, they may be slightly dimmer for a few minutes, but they're
usually up to full brightness by the time I turn on the heat and radio. :)
Mine are low profile so they fit snug against the ceiling giving me more
room to swing boards around and whatnot. They also have nice covers to keep
out dust and protect the bulbs if I get careless and smack one with a
The fluorescents also provide much more even lighting than the incandescent
bulbs I was used during construction, and use about a third of the power.
They've been in place about six years now and I'm still using all eight
The only downside was cost. I paid something like $80 per fixture, plus the
cost of the bulbs. But I'm very happy I spent the money to get the better
I have a 12' ceiling and have managed to knock out at least
2 8' HO tubes. I then discovered why the hell they sold those
"funky looking" clear tubes in the bulb section of Lowes.
I must have found glass for two weeks after the last mishap
and have now slipped those clear tubes over just about all
tubes that can come in the line of fire.
I've never done it.
I have prescription safety glasses with side shields. If I'm wearing my
contacts, I wear goggles. Anyone who wears contacts knows that a speck
of dust can feel like a basketball if it gets under the lens! <G>
There's an awful lot of stuff that really I like to do that I wouldn't
be able to do with eye damage. It would simply be stupid to work
I was wondering if they made those... I usually opt for goggles that
fit over my glasses rather than safety glasses, but my glasses still get
dusty. (No, I haven't tried chemical spill goggles yet. Need a nice WW
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
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Done that once also,
I use to work for a builder in Ohio ,we sub contracted Amish framers and
never saw them wear safety glasses.
Sawing & nailing all day long with out any problems ,but ! did see a
kid shoot a nail in his knuckle on his middle finger .
He pulled it out and i took him home to put "Salve " on it ,he worked
the next day
I would still have been unconscious and not work for days
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