T6 Tubes In T8 Hood

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Toadeh, 7 May 2009.

  1. Toadeh

    Toadeh Member

    Messages:
    44
    Location:
    N.Wales (Buckley)
    Hi All,

    This might have been answered but I can't find it. I've read somewhere that I can fit a T6 tube into my T8 fittings using some bushes? My tube is only a 15" one so I am wondering if it is worth changing it for a T6 tube, will I notice any difference?

    My second option is just to add more light, but the mrs gave me the OK for a new tank once the cards are paid off and front room are decorated so I don't want to spend a fortune.
     
  2. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    8,953
    Location:
    Chicago, USA
    Hi,
    From what I've read, there are two conditions for using T6 in a T8 fixture. The first condition is that the T6 bulb must have the bi-pin (G13) connector at the ends so that they will fit into the T8 fixture. The second is that the T8 ballast must be an electronic ballast, not a magnetic ballast. If these conditions are met the T6 is purported to have similar output as a T5, which supposedly means up to a 40% increase in light output. I haven't verified any of this myself though.

    Cheers,
     
  3. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

    Messages:
    3,262
    Location:
    Nottingham
    I've got T6s in one of my tanks fitted into an old Juwel light unit and they certainly pack more of a punch than the T8s did. However unless you just want a small amount of extra light with such small bulbs I think you might be better getting another light rather than just switching bulbs as I'm not sure it'll make that much difference.
     

Share This Page

Facebook Page
Twitter Page
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice