Need help determining equivalent fluorescent bulb

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Old 08-10-04, 12:29 PM
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Question Need help determining equivalent fluorescent bulb

I need to replace 48" fluorescent tubes in each of three fixtures in my basement. The existing bulb reads as follows:

WORKLITE 25
25 WATT
REPLACES F40CW LAMPS
IN RESIDENTIAL/SHOPLIGHT FIXTURES
DO NOT USE ON (E) BALLASTS
U.S.A. O 6B

I cannot find the exact same thing anywhere. So what would be an equivalent? Presumably F40CW is a 40-watt tube that this can be used in, but I don't want to assume that a 40-watt tube would be an equivalent if that would overload the fixture.

Can anyone translate this into a bulb that's available today? The existing bulbs are at least 8 years old.

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Old 08-10-04, 06:58 PM
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The mercury used in todays tubes has been reduced per EPA guidelines.Therefore reducing the wattage output slightly. Because of this all fluorescent bulbs are called wattmisers or energysavers.The bulbs you need are F34T12CWWM.If you are unsure ask a sales person,they should be able to help.
 
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Old 08-10-04, 07:03 PM
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Duh,I missed the line that stated 25watts.If its possible remove the ballastcover to see what max wattage ballast can handle.It should handle atleast 80 watts.A standard 25watt tube is only 2' long.
 
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