Asked by: Glorificacion Samhi
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th April, 2020

Can you put a t8 in a t12 fixture?

T8 tubes are simply 1 inch in diameter versus the 1.5 inch diameter of T12 tubes. In an effort to make LED tube lights compatible with the internal dimensions of most fixtures, you will find that most LED tube lights feature a T8 or 1 inch diameter. They can indeed be used in T12 fixtures.

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Keeping this in consideration, are t8 and t12 sockets the same?

T12 primarily run off a magnetic ballasts and T8 bulbs operate on electronic ballasts. But most people have them operating on a magnetic ballast. Even though the fluorescent light socket is exactly the same for both of them, they cannot operate on the same ballast.

how do I know if I have a t8 or t12 ballast? This will reveal a lot about your current fluorescent tube and usually indicate if the bulb is T8 or T12. If no markings are available, the size in diameter of the tube is the easiest way to determine the type you have installed. T8 tubes are 1-inch in diameter and T12 tubes are 1 1/2 -inch.

Similarly, how do I rewire my t12 to t8?

How to Change a T12 Ballast to a T8 Ballast

  1. Purchase a T8 ballast at a home improvement retailer.
  2. Cut off the ends of the yellow wires from the fixture.
  3. Repeat Step 2 by joining one of the blue wires from your T8 to the two blue wires coming out from the fixture.

Can you replace t12 fluorescent tubes with LED?

Install a direct wire or ballast-bypass linear LED lamp. Right now, a ballast-bypass is our top LED replacement option for T12 fluorescent tubes. Ballast-bypass LEDs work straight off the line voltage flowing directly to the sockets, requiring you to remove the original fluorescent ballast.

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