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Mid 90s vintage? Sylvania Octron T8

Mid 90s vintage? Sylvania Octron T8

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Mid to late 90s vintage Sylvania Octron F32T8 Made in Germany, but sold in the USA. There were a lot of these sold in the 90s but all were made in Germany. Generally lasted around 8000 hours if lucky. These were particularly tough when EOL was reached, I would often find cracked tubes at the end, sometimes even shattered. Also would find signs of socket melting in some instances.

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Manufacturer:Sylvania
Lamp
Lamp Type:T8
Service Life:10,000 hrs
Electrical
Wattage:32
Optical
Color Temperature:4100K
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Factory Location:Germany
Fabrication Date:You tell me.
Application/Use:Church

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Feb 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM Author: suzukir122
Saw one of these a long time ago that not only reached
EOL, but actually broke apart on the blackened end side.
This was at a Kmart store that had already had
plenty of electronic ballasted T8 fixtures, but from
the 90's/early 2000's.

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Feb 27, 2012 at 06:18 AM Author: rjluna2
I have seen numerous F32T8 bulb around where I work has running to the death to the point where the blacked end has cracked tube

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Feb 21, 2016 at 03:44 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
I have quite a few F32 sylvania octrons, they are okay lamps but they are kind of a dull yellow/greenish colour and some of them have randomly lost vacuum even though they aren't even close to EOL. They do seem to run fantastic on F32T8 2 lamp magnetic ballasts
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Feb 21, 2016 at 04:35 PM Author: streetlight98
8000 hours? Yeesh that's not impressive at all!

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Feb 21, 2016 at 04:38 PM Author: ace100w120v
Yeah, but these were relatively early, primitive F32T8 lamps, before some of the later engineering advances were made. Similarly, there was a time when a F40T12 lamps was rated only 7500 hours, not 20,000.
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Feb 21, 2016 at 04:50 PM Author: streetlight98
Well the original ballasts for the F32T8s were magnetic rapid start just like F40T12s so they probably lasted well on those ballasts. Instant start kills everything fast lol. If these were used on programmer start they'd probably last a good while too. A modern-day F32T8 (provided it doesn't go mercury starved or suffer premature failure) should last "forever" on programmed start or magnetic RS.

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Feb 15, 2019 at 11:17 PM Author: Dan The Bulb Man
At our tech school they have GE F32T8 lamps on programmed start ballasts and to this day virtually none of them have died yet.They were installed in 2010 in a remodel.
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Feb 16, 2019 at 09:39 AM Author: streetlight98
Yeah F32T8s, particularly GEs, last forever on instant start it seems. On programmed start they will last even longer. I love programmed start fixtures.

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Feb 16, 2019 at 10:25 AM Author: sol
At my place of work, the cafeteria is lit with 135 lamps of F32 T8. They are GE and only about 4 of them have reached EOL. All the others are still working on their programmed start electronic ballasts. They were installed in 2002 and on most days they’re only started once. That’s pretty impressive. They normally burn for about 15 hours a day, about 200 days a year.
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Feb 16, 2019 at 11:17 AM Author: streetlight98
Wow that's over double the rated life of the lamps!

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Feb 16, 2019 at 12:46 PM Author: Alights
These were excellent lamps! If they burned out too fast they were probably frequently switched, the technical school I went to was built around 2000 and they had 80% of these in 3500K still working in 2012 on electronic RS ballasts
These generally got grey phosphor as they got high hours
Much better than even the pre eco sylvania octron US made lamps
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Feb 16, 2019 at 03:05 PM Author: suzukir122
My job currently has GE F32T8's, and Philip F32T8', being used in fluorescent highbay fixtures. (Some 8 lamp fixtures as well) Those lamps
have been in there since even before I started working there in 2015. Getting replaced by LED garbage currently, and I don't like it.
Apparently my coworkers also don't like them, which kinda caught me off guard. Anyways, back to the subject... the GE F32T8's we have,
do have problems with mercury starvation, much like the Philip Alto's. But none of the GE F32T8's at my job are the Octron versions.

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4. Food and drinks. So gimme them bbq ribs
Yep
Lighting has been a passion of mine since I was born. I consider everyone on LG to be a friend

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