If you are new to the world of lighting, you probably have some questions. When it comes to the difference between T5 light bulbs and T8 light bulbs, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing between the two options.
The major difference between T5 light bulbs and T8 light bulbs is the size of the bulb. The T5 tends to be shorter both in length and in diameter as well. This factor is important to consider when looking at your fixture since a T8 bulb will not fit in a fixture designed for use strictly with T5 bulbs and vice versa. Another factor that separates these two bulbs would be the output capabilities. For example, a T5 will usually yield around 5000 lumens per lamp with a wattage consumption of around 54 watts per lamp whereas a T8 will offer 3000 lumens with an average wattage of 32 watts per bulb. When considering this difference between the two bulb options, it is also good to keep in mind the needs of your location. If you do not need as many lumens, a smaller T8 will be the better choice since it offers lower lumen and watt consumption. If you need higher levels of lighting, the T5 might be ideal for your situation.
When choosing bulbs of this sort, you have several other options you need to consider as well. For instance, both T5 and T8 lamps are available in various color rendering. This factor plays juts as big a role as the lumen output. For example, if you are considering a lamp type for an office setting, you will naturally want to select either a lower lumen output, a warmer color index, or perhaps both, depending on the area. Office settings tend to create complaints when a too powerful lighting solution in a too cool color is utilized. Once you have decided the color rendering and lumen needs, deciding between a T5 and a T8 fixture will be much easier to navigate since the main difference rests mainly in their size and output.
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