FLUORESCENT FIXTURE, LIGHTS
Description: This is a rectangular box with end caps (sockets) for housing fluorescent tubes.
Buying information: Fluorescents, or course, use much less energy than incandescent lamps for a given amount of light, but you should give some thought to getting a tube whose color best serves the application. For utility areas, a workshop, etc., get "cool white" tubes for most efficient lighting. This may be a bit too blue for living areas; we'd suggest one of the "warm white" colors for a closer match to incandescent lighting. Any part of a fluorescent is replaceable, including the sockets (lampholders) that hold the lamp and the starters and ballasts that give it the electrical surge it needs to start. Fluorescents can be installed by anyone, but you should use THHN wire (see section online). Handle tubes carefully -- they are fragile and can break easily.
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