If you are looking for the best way to maximize your T8 fluorescent lighting, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind. Over the last 20 years, there have been many advancements in the quality of lighting for both industrial and residential use. Most of these advancements have come in better efficiency and light output with concerns to fluorescent lighting. These technological breakthroughs have increased the range of the spectrum cast by the lighting as well as enabled the ballasts to be more efficient in many different conditions. With these points in mind, there are a few more adjustments you may perform to increase your T8 fluorescent lights within your home or place of business.
Step 1 - Make Sure the Lights Fit the Ballast
Too many times have highly efficient energy saving fluorescent lights been fit into older ballasts that do not support the efficiency standards of the lights themselves. Based upon this fact, you could be losing more than 20% of your light’s efficiency because it has been retrofit to an out of date ballast. This doesn’t mean that the ballast has spoiled, but simply that the ballast is not designed to perform up to the efficient standards of the bulb.
Turn off the power to your lights, look at the specifications on your lights and compare them to the specifications on the ballast. You will be surprised how often people make this simple mistake. If you find you have T8 lighting in old ballasts, call a licensed electrician to switch out your balance. The money you spend on switching the ballasts will be small compared to the difference in lighting that you will create.
Step 2 - Maximize Your Ballasts with 3 or More Bulbs
Traditionally, if you had a light fixture with more than one bulb, each light bulb would require as much electricity as the other. However, this is not the case with T8 fluorescent lighting. With T8 lighting, the amount of energy needed to light 4 bulbs is only a small amount more than is needed to light 2 bulbs. The reason for this is simply because of the amount of maintenance voltage required to keep the lights lit. This is another reason why many people say this it is best that once you turn the lights on, you leave them on until you are done with them for the day.
Step 3 - Clean Your Covers
One of the most simple tasks to perform that will increase the lighting within your home is to clean your lighting covers. Many times people may wonder why they are not getting the desired amount of light out of their bulbs only to remove the cover and find a quarter of an inch build up of dust and grime. This process is very simple and takes very little time. By cleaning your covers, you can maximize your lighting output by possibly up to 5%.
These are just a few of the simple measures you can take to maximize the lighting in your residential or industrial space. Remember, if you are not a licensed electrician, it is probably best to leave installation up to the professionals. Electricity is an amazing aspect of our lives although it can be extremely dangerous for those who are unfamiliar with its processes.