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You are looking for linear fluorescent lights for your home but you do not really know their names and designations. Here is a comprehensive list of standard and commercially available linear fluorescent lights, their names, how they look like, along with their base types.
Here are the standard types of linear fluorescent lights
The letter T designates that the bulb is tubular in shape. The number expresses the diameter of the bulb in 1/8 of an inch.
Very small linear type of fluorescent that are used in many applications including direct and indirect lighting. Pentron T5s are only 5/8 of an inch in diameter and have two pins on each end.
Feature instant start and a tube of 12 x 1/8″ in diameter. Typically used in industrial settings and spaces with low ceilings – ideal for workshops, home gyms and ambiental lighting.
T8 medium Bi Pin linear fluorescent light bulbs features a rapid start, low energy consumption and good color rendering. It can be for area lighting and ambient lighting in homes.
T12 medium Bi Pin fluorescent light bulbs can be for area lighting and ambient lighting in homes. Ideal for workshops, home gyms, and for providing ambient lighting in bathrooms by building a cove light.
T12 Recessed Double Contact fluorescent light bulbs are very energy effiecient, have a long life, and produce a crisp white light. As the previous light bulbs they are ideal for workshops, home gyms, and for providing ambient lighting in bathrooms by building a cove light.
U shape T8 flourescent light bulbs use low-pressure gas discharge and can be sucessfully used to provide home ambient lighting.
U shape T12 flourescent light bulbs feature a thicker flourescent tube than the U shape T8 type and use the same low-pressure gas discharge to produce light.
Yes, Circline 4 Pin T9 type light bulbs are considered to be linear … albeit not a very straight one. These light bulbs are designed to be used in more compact, decorative fixtures and feature the same energy efficiency, color rendering properties and life expectancy as any standard flourescent light bulb.
Blacklight lamps emit at 368 nm and are typically used in insect traps and inspection applications. They can also be used as ambient lights.
Linear Fluorescent Base Types
T6 Slimline single pin Fluorescent Base
T8 Slimline single pin Fluorescent Base
T12 Slimline single pin Fluorescent Base
T5 Miniature Bipin Fluorescent Base
T8 Medium Bipin Fluorescent Base
T12 Medium Bipin Fluorescent Base
T12 Recessed Double Contact Bipin Fluorescent Base Recessed