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    I currently have 51 T12 48" 2 lamp shop lights in my shop.
    I am looking into changing to some more energy efficient lighting.
    I read that T8 & T5 lights are more energy efficient than the T12s. I am confused on how they are more energy efficient when they use the same wattage bulbs.
    I was taught that wattage is energy used, so how does the same wattage use less energy?

    The current shop lights are plugged into outlets in the ceiling. I am also toying with the idea of getting plug in light socket adapters & LED flood light bulbs to plug into the outlets to see how they would light the shop. What I like about this idea is that it would cost less for the conversion & some of the LED bulbs have the color of incandescent bulbs.

    The ceiling in most of the shop is 9' 6". another part has a cathedral ceiling that starts at 9' 6" & goes up to 12'.

    I did a calculation of energy use if I was to go with all LED bulbs. That would cut my electric bill by about $87 a month.

    I have no idea how to figure what the energy cost difference would be to convert to T8 or T5 lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    I currently have 51 T12 48" 2 lamp shop lights in my shop.
    I am looking into changing to some more energy efficient lighting.
    I read that T8 & T5 lights are more energy efficient than the T12s. I am confused on how they are more energy efficient when they use the same wattage bulbs.
    I was taught that wattage is energy used, so how does the same wattage use less energy?

    The current shop lights are plugged into outlets in the ceiling. I am also toying with the idea of getting plug in light socket adapters & LED flood light bulbs to plug into the outlets to see how they would light the shop. What I like about this idea is that it would cost less for the conversion & some of the LED bulbs have the color of incandescent bulbs.

    The ceiling in most of the shop is 9' 6". another part has a cathedral ceiling that starts at 9' 6" & goes up to 12'.

    I did a calculation of energy use if I was to go with all LED bulbs. That would cut my electric bill by about $87 a month.

    I have no idea how to figure what the energy cost difference would be to convert to T8 or T5 lights.
    Sounds like you know how to figure cost but are missing a couple of figures. I believe you are missing the ballast factor /drain/wattage to fire off those 32 watt bulbs. If you can find that difference in power usage , you should be able to figure the rest. I'd do it but I am currently really sick and having a hard time concentrating..
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    Also missing here is the brightness factor. A 32-watt bulb is indeed a 32-watt bulb, but each puts out a different amount of light as measured in lumens. A bulb that puts out 1000 lumens at 32-watts is more efficient that a bulb that puts out 600 lumens at 32-watts.

    Light efficiency is measured as "Lumens per Watt" or "LPW"

    T12=78 LPW
    T8=90 LPW
    T5=99 LPW


    To put that is layman's terms - for the same 32-watts consumed, you get a lot more light out of a T8 or T5 bulb than you do from a T12. In theory, if the lighting with a 32-watt T12 is adequate, then you could drop down to a 26 or 28-watt T8 and get the same amount of light.
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    I agree with above. It is also fairly easy to switch from T12 to T8. All you need it to swap out the ballasts. I converted some old 4' 4 lamp fixtures that my old job was going to scrap.


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    At work, we made a switch quite a few years back from T12's and mercury vapor to T5's. Now we're moving to LED lighting, they seem a little harsh at first, but the workers are getting used to them. I don't know the savings from each move, but the LED fixtures are pricey.

    We're moving to more and more LED lighting at home. For my garage, and basement, I started to move from T12's to T5's but it seems that The T5 bulbs were quite a bit more expensive that the T12's. And it seems that the T5's had a shorter life. May just be my imagination.

    I'm saving my pennies for LED lighting, it seems to be the wave of the future.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    I'm saving my pennies for LED lighting, it seems to be the wave of the future.

    Just my 2 cents.
    I agree. LED, everything else is old inefficient technology. It is a bit pricey now, but that will change too.
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    LED is the way to go! Focus on lights that get used the most, and convert them to LED first. We just built a new home and put LED everywhere except closets and a couple spots that rarely get used. I can already see it paying dividends!
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    I didn't go for "energy efficient", I went for Lumen's. When I need to see, I don't care if its costing me a few more pennies and hour-I need to see!

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    I have T8's in my garage and I'm about to swap them out for LEDs. Not so much concerned with energy use but The T8s still take a few minutes to warm up in the unheated garage. It's just a little frustrating when I go out there for something fairly quick and have to wait for them to warm up to get full light output.
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    Thanks everyone. Great information.
    I will post some updates later.
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