T8 fluorescent strip fixtures have always been very popular. The T8 fixture is probably the most common of all industrial lighting fixtures. The limitation of the T8 strip fixture is its lumen output, which limits it mounting or hanging height to 10-ft. to 15-ft. The upside of the T8 fixture is that it is economical, provides excellent color light and it consumes approximately 50 percent of the power than that of a similar T5 high output strip fixture. T8 strip fixtures allow 180-degree light dispersal as opposed to other types of fluorescent fixtures that aim the light down towards the floor. T8 fluorescent strips can also be equipped with reflectors to aim light for specific tasks. In the lighting industry, a fluorescent strip fixture with a reflector is referred to as an industrial strip fixture. The reflectors that attach to the strip fixture come in white painted steel or specular aluminum. The choice of reflector depends on the particular application.
If you are installing new industrial lighting fixtures of the strip light variety, you need to understand the choices that are available to you and how to select the best fluorescent strip for your needs. Strip lighting in the form of T8 fluorescent strip lights is the most popular choice because of their excellent lighting capabilities, but at higher hanging heights or in areas that have a high light requirement, T5 high output strip fixtures are the best solution. There are various choices available to pick from when you are ready to install or replace existing industrial lighting fixtures.
The Basics Of T8 Strip Lighting
There are many different types of strip lights for industrial lighting applications. Strip lights come in many lengths and lamp combinations but the most common are the 4-ft., 2-lamp and the 8-ft., 4-lamp models. The T8 models will produce approximately 3,000 lumens per lamp. Therefore, a 4-ft., 2-lamp T8 strip fixture will produce 6,000 lumens and an 8-ft. T8 fixture will produce 12,000 lumens. The best strip lights have a totally welded housing which provides fixture strength which is required in longer 8-ft fixtures. ILS Industrial Lighting manufactures a broad range of strip lighting for industrial lighting applications.