T5 technology saves as much as 40-60% on electricity compared to T8 and significantly more against T12 technology. This is achieved through the reduction in wattage for each corresponding tube size as well as replacing a starter, magnetic ballast and capacitor with a single high performance electronic ballast rated 0.95 power factor.
The result is massive energy-savings and reduced maintenance due to fewer components. The T5 has a longer life expectancy than T8/T12 tubes and offers higher lumen-to-wattage ratios. In addition, T5 technology is more compact therefore requires less storage place and is more economical during transportation. The T5 fluorescent tube is greener as it contains significantly less mercury - approximately 15mg down to 3mg – and omits less CO2 thus reducing your carbon foot print and carbon tax emissions.
The T8/T12 flickers when switched on with high spike readings, whereas T5 has a warm start. T5 fluorescent tubes are included in the fittings. A choice of colors is available to accommodate any requirements.