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Conversion Sockets for Fluorescent Lights

Posted By: Leah Austin

Fluorescent lighting is one of the most popular types of lighting used in new homes and home renovations. Fluorescent lights last longer, use less electricity and create less heat than incandescent lights. There are many different types of fluorescent lighting. It is important to know the correct socket when repairing the units. A socket conversion for T8/T5 lamps for replacement lighting is essential.

Converting older light fixtures to T5 or T8 four lamps requires the correct socket converter. Finding the right replacement socket is important. Using a socket converter for your fluorescent lamp can help convert from an older size to a new, more energy efficient socket. Up to 40%of energy savings can be reached in as short as 15 months. Installing an incorrect socket conversion adapter can cause significant damage such as melted wires, lamp damage, and fires.

T8 sockets are used with linear fluorescent bulbs to attach the bulb to the ballast. They are commonly used in commercial installations. The “T” in T8 stands “tubular,” and the “8” is the diameter of the lamp in 1/8″ increments. A T8 lamp is a 1″ diameter lamp which requires a T8 size socket. T5 sockets are available in medium and tall profiles. They are also grouped into shunted or non-shunted sockets.

Socket conversion kits are also used for T8 to the more energy efficient T5. They come complete with pre-wired brackets and include holes for installing ballast covers.

Socket converters are available for different length fixtures.

Knowing which socket converter to use is appropriate for your light fixture is important for safety. Before replacing the socket make sure you follow all safety protocols. Ensure the power is cut off to the light at the circuit breaker. After shutting off the power, use a voltage meter to check that there is no power to the unit.

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