|Pegasus Lighting has the largest selection of microfluorescent light fixtures you will find anywhere. We offer a great variety of T4, T5, and T5HO linkable microfluorescent lighting, some with adjustable shades, are available. However, all of these choices, may leave you a little confused. If so, please look at our FAQs to help you make an informed decision about which fixtures are right for you.|
Microfluorescent Light Fixture FAQs
- 2-Wire vs. 3-Wire
Q) Where should I use the 3-wire grounded microfluorescent fixtures?
- A) All of our 3-wire grounded microfluorescent light fixtures are recommended for commercial installations that require grounding. The 2-wire non-grounded microfluorescent fixtures can be used in residential installations.
- Adjustable Light Shields
- Q) Where should I use adjustable microfluorescent light fixtures?
- A) The microfluorescent light fixtures with 360° rotating adjustable shields are helpful for preventing direct glare and focusing light exactly where you need it. This is valuable for installations in displays, shelves, cabinets, and exhibits.
- Ballasts, Electronic
Q) Do the microfluorescent light fixtures use built-in electronic ballasts?
- A) Yes, all of the microfluorescent fixtures use lightweight built-in electronic ballasts that operate very quietly.
- Q) Do the microfluorescent light fixtures turn on instantly with no flickering?
- A) Yes. The instant-start electronic ballasts enable all of the microfluorescent light fixtures to turn on instantly without flickering.
- Controls, Switching & Dimmability
Q) Do the microfluorescent light fixtures come with their own on/off rocker switches?
- A) Yes, a number of the microfluorescent fixtures come with their own small on/off rocker switches. The rocker switches are located on the side of each fixture.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures can be installed so that a group of them can be controlled by a wall light switch?
- A) As long as the light fixtures are hardwired to power and linked together, they can be controlled by a wall light switch.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures are dimmable?
- A) None of the microfluorescent light fixtures are dimmable because none of them use dimmable electronic ballasts. For any fluorescent fixture to be dimmable it must use a special dimmable electronic ballast and be controlled by a special fluorescent dimmer.
- Cool vs. Hot
Q) What is the heat output of the microfluorescent fixtures like?
- A) All of the microfluorescent light fixtures give off very little heat relative to most other light sources.
- Hardwire vs. Plug-In
Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures can be plugged into the nearest electrical outlet?
- A) All of the microfluorescent light fixtures, whether they are 2-wire or 3-wire models, can be plugged into the nearest electrical outlet.
- Q) What does it mean to hardwire a light fixture?
- A) To "hardwire" a light fixture directly to power means using a ROMEX® wire to directly connect the fixture to power. ROMEX® wire is used throughout your household behind walls to wire your entire house. It usually is made up of 3 wires: one wire with white insulation, one wire with black insulation, and one copper wire with no insulation and white insulation around all 3 wires holding them together. The ROMEX® wire that is used to connect lighting fixtures is usually described as "14/2 with ground" (although this may vary with geographical location). The "14/2" refers to the two insulated wires that are each 14 gauge in diameter and the "ground" refers to the uninsulated copper wire.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures may be connected to each other with household ROMEX® wire?
- A) All of the microfluorescent fixtures are simply too small in their profile for a ROMEX® wire to be inserted into them.
- Installation & Linkability
Q) How difficult are the microfluorescent light fixtures to install?
- A) All of the microfluorescent light fixtures are extremely easy to install. Simply install two screw-in clips and the fixture snaps into place.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures may be surface mounted?
- A) All of the microfluorescent light fixtures are intended to be surface mounted. Make sure that there is at least 0.5in of space between the sides of the microfluorescent fixture and another surface. This will allow the fixture to remain cool.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures may be recessed mounted?
- A) None of the microfluorescent light fixtures are intended to be recessed mounted.
- Q) What does the term "linkable" mean?
- A) The term, "linkable", means that two light fixtures can be easily connected electrically by simply plugging in a Direct Connector or a Flexible Connector into the two fixtures. More than two "linkable" microfluorescent fixtures can be easily linked in one long line of fixtures.
- Q) Can microfluorescent light fixtures be mounted parallel to a given mounting surface as well as perpendicular?
- A) Yes. For many of our microfluorescent fixtures we offer a stainless steel Mounting Clip accessory for Vertical and Horizontal Mount. This unique clip allows the microfluorescent fixture to be mounted with the height dimension of the fixture to be either parallel or perpendicular to the mounting surface.
- Light Bulbs
Q) Are light bulbs included with the microfluorescent fixtures?
- A) Most come with their own light bulbs. Check the product descriptions to determine if light bulbs are included with a specific product. If they are not included, you will find compatible light bulbs available for order on the Accessories tab.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light bulbs produce light that is similar to the light produced by an incandescent light bulb? A halogen light bulb? The sun?
- A) If the fluorescent light bulb has a color temperature of 3000K or is called "warm white," then the fluorescent lamp will produce light that is similar to that of an incandescent light bulb. For the color temperature of a halogen light bulb, look for 3500K or a description of "neutral white." To emulate the sun, choose a color temperature of 6400K or a description of "daylight."
- Q) Which microfluorescent light bulbs come in colors such as red, blue, and green?
- A) T4 fluorescent lamps.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light bulbs offer “black light” light bulbs (emitting UVA rays)?
- A) T4 “black light” fluorescent lamps are offered as accessories on some microfluorescent fixtures.
- Q) What are the differences between T4 and T5 light bulbs?
- A) T4 lamps are 4/8in in diameter while T5 lamps are 5/8in in diameter. T4 lamps have a rated life of 16,000 hours while T5 lamps have a rated life of 20,000 hours.
- Line Voltage vs. Low Voltage
Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures are considered to be line voltage fixtures?
- A) Any light fixture that uses the available voltage (usually 120 volts) directly and does not use a transformer to step down the voltage from line voltage to a lower voltage (like 12 volts or 24 volts) is considered to be a line voltage fixture.
- Q) Which microfluorescent light fixtures are considered to be low voltage fixtures?
- A) Any light fixture that operates on 12 volts or 24 volts is considered to be a low voltage fixture.
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