The T5 open channel is used to replace T8/T12 fluorescent open channels. The T8/T12 fitting would be removed completed and a new T5 fixture put in its place. T5 High-Efficiency (HE) fluorescent tubes are included with the fittings and offer high rates of energy savings.
Due to the nature of T5 technology, the fitting is designed to a minimalistic style that caters to electronic ballasts whereas a T8/T12 needed to accommodate magnetic ballasts, starters and capacitors, which require significantly more wiring. The T5 lamp itself is also considerably smaller in diameter than its T8/T12 predecessors.
For example, a T8 4 ft double channel measures 1270 x 140mm (LxW), whereas an equivalent T5 4 ft double channel is only 1185 x 65mm (LxW), which takes up less than half the space and weighs less, which benefits the electrician during installation.
Applications: Suitable for indoor use such as on residential, commercial and industrial sites. More specifically – shopping malls, parking lots, basements, attics, offices, hallways, classrooms, lecture halls, factories, public transport stations, municipalities and airports.