You might consider replacing some of your old incandescent fixtures with fluorescent lamps. Fluorescent light provides even and shadow-free illumination, but, best of all, fluorescent bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. In an incandescent bulb, much of the electric power is discharged as heat instead of light. The fluorescent bulb, in contrast, remains cool. How does a fluorescent lamp work? In a fluorescent circuit, beginning at the left-hand prong of the plug, current goes through the ballast, through one of the lamp filaments, through the closed switch in the starter, through the other filament in the lamp, and out the right-hand prong of the plug.
T5 Light Fixture Installation
Light ballast hook up
Replacing existing lighting with a T5 light fixture can reap many benefits. The average lifespan on a T5 bulb is 20, hours, saving the consumer in both purchasing replacement bulbs less frequently, as well as the amount of power being utilized. In larger areas that are currently using halide fluorescent lighting, the savings on power and pocketbook are no less significant. The T5 uses a mere 54 watts of power compared to halide bulbs, which minimally use watts and as much as watts of power. Another advantage of T5 bulbs is that they lack a warm up period and turn on immediately without the flicker of halide fluorescent lights. The color rendition is of a higher quality, making the T5 an ideal choice for labor intensive areas, such as the garage or home office.
How to Wire a Fluorescent Light Fixture
Often, homeowners purchase a new interior or exterior light fixture, then pay a handyman or electrician to hook it up because the wires are different colors. Most light fixtures have two electrical wires with colored insulation and a copper ground wire. An enthusiastic homeowner can save the cost of a professional by knowing which wires connect to which.
All fluorescent light fixtures consist of at least lamp s , lamp holders, ballast and internal wiring. Some older types have "starters", too. The ballast is used to create the voltage and current necessary to start and illuminate the fluorescent lamp.