Incandescent lights [Re: It's time to restore the 11/45.]

John Foust jfoust at
Sat Feb 14 09:41:09 CST 2015

At 05:29 PM 2/5/2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>I will give the T8 lamps this--they use less power and last longer than the T12s.  About the only reason that I've had to change them is when the light output has fallen off noticeably.  But then, you'd replace an LED fixture for the same reason--assuming that it lasted that long.

The Chinese are making LED replacements in T8 tube form.  Search eBay
for "T8 led light".  They're down to about $10 each if you buy 
two dozen.  You disconnect the old ballast completely, and just
reconnect the mains to the existing wires for the ends in your fixture.
They consume about 18 watts and have claimed life expectancies 
in the 30,000 to 50,000 hour range.

- John

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