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Old 08-27-2011, 11:35 AM   #11
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Ballasts are rated for wattage. Yes they are different pin spacings. T8 and T12 are medium bipin and T5 is mini bipin. IF (and that's a big IF) the socket was changed in the fixture to a mini bipin a normal output T5 bulb would work.....but that's alot of work for nothing gained.

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Some ballasts will do either or both. it will say on the ballast itself. It gets tricky trying to DIY with flourescent tubes. They require a specific capacitance, that the metal base and reflector provides, to fire.

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