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Real Slimline F48T8

Real Slimline F48T8

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At a convention center in Cancun, Mexico. These are actually single-pin T8 4 foot slimline lamps made by Philips (6500K). As you can see from my junk phone camera, they appear to be on a magnetic ballast. The fixture is pretty beat up, so I guess it has a 2xF48T12 ballast inside and the lamps are compatible with it. I saw a lot of F48T12, F96T12, and even some F24T12 lamps the last time I was there around 2008.

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Light Information

Manufacturer:Philips
Model Reference:F48T8
Lamp
Lamp Type:Slimline
Base:Single Pin
Shape/Finish:Linear T8
Fixture
Fixture Type:2xF48 slimline open fixture
Ballast Type:Magnetic
Socket Type:Single-pin slimline
Location:Cancun, Mexico
Electrical
Wattage:30W
Voltage:127V (standard in Mexico)
Optical
Lumen Output:Pretty bright
Color Temperature:6500K Daylight
Physical/Production
Dimensions:48 inch
Fabrication Date:Looks like new lamps, old fixture.
Application/Use:Indirect lighting of trade show booths

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Oct 10, 2014 at 07:33 PM Author: don93s
Cool, I like that style fixture. I don't think I've seen F48T8's personally though I think I've heard of them. I've heard that Philips was the only maker of F42T8...as opposed to the common F42T6, and they are energy saving version. I have one of them.
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Oct 10, 2014 at 08:16 PM Author: RichD
I've never seen F48t8's either; I've never even heard of them...wow. Very interesting. I wonder if they're only sold outside the USA?

I also have a Philips F42T8/CW, which I got at my local ReStore awhile ago.
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Oct 10, 2014 at 09:45 PM Author: themaritimegirl
The F96T8 isn't compatible with the F96T12, so I would assume these aren't compatible with the F48T12.

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Mar 14, 2018 at 10:51 PM Author: Lightingguy1994
Ive seen F48T8 slimlines for sale around my area in the past. My guesses as to why they are on magnetic are:

-They are actually running on F48T12 gear but look fine because they are warmed up.
-They could be running on the proper magnetic ballast for them which must be rare.
-Not likely here but perhaps slim chance they are running on a F32T8 magnetic ballast with only 1 of each wire connected to sockets.


If a slimline ballast is designed to run lamps all the way from F24T12 to F48T12, would it not run T8 ?
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Mar 15, 2018 at 06:03 PM Author: themaritimegirl
No, because the F24T12 to F48T12 would all have similar current requirements, while the F48T8 requires less current. (To my recollection - I know longer have lamp specs memorized like I used to.)

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Mar 15, 2018 at 06:51 PM Author: Powergroove
T12 slimline is 430ma. T8 is 265ma.

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