Best Fluorescent tubes

  • Energy Efficient: Philips Indoor T12 light bulbs have an...
  • Eco Friendly: These Philips T12 light bulbs use recycled...
  • Bright White: Philips Indoor T12 Light Bulbs deliver bright,...
  • WATTAGE: 32 Watts
  • COLOR TEMPERATURE: 4100K (Cool White)
  • LIGHT OUTPUT: 2850 Lumens
  • Color Temperature: 4,100K
  • Average Lifetime: 22500 hours
  • Lumens (light output): 2450
  • Coated with Lumactiv, a patented, photocatalytic coating...
  • 48" Inch Length 1.5 Inch Diameter
  • Medium Bi-Pin (G13) Base
  • Coated with Lumactiv, a patented, photocatalytic coating...
  • TCLP Compliant & Meets 2012 Energy Legislation, Federal...
  • Length 48 Inches - 1.5 Inch Diameter
  • 2565 Lumens 36000 Lamp Life Hours
  • 4100K Cool White Color Temperature
  • 78 Color Accuracy (CRI)

The fluorescent tube is an indispensable part of everyday life. Whether in offices, cellars, warehouses or workshops – the areas of application for the illuminant are diverse. In addition, lighting costs are low compared with the incandescent bulb, which is now banned throughout the EU. The elongated tubes are mainly used in places that do not have their own daylight source. So-called full spectrum or daylight fluorescent tubes are able to imitate natural daylight (colour temperature 5,800 Kelvin). In this way, the fluorescent tubes ensure that people feel comfortable in artificially lit rooms and can concentrate on their work. But the fluorescent tube is not undisputed and environmentally friendly alternatives such as LED fluorescent tubes are on the advance. Where the differences lie and what is important when buying, this guide clarifies.

Our Top Fluorescent tubes Pick

Philips Daylight Deluxe Linear Fluorescent T12 Light Bulb: 4-Foot, 2325-Lumen, 6500-Kelvin, 40-Watt, Bright White, Bi-Pin Base, 10-Pack
  • Energy Efficient: Philips Indoor T12 light bulbs have an estimated lamp life of 20,000 hours for a long lasting bulb option
  • Eco Friendly: These Philips T12 light bulbs use recycled glass and packaging material, reducing environmental impact
  • Bright White: Philips Indoor T12 Light Bulbs deliver bright, crisp color ideal for indoor, commercial and residential use; At 6500 Kelvin the bulb is versatile enough to brighten laundry rooms, bathrooms, and workspaces
  • Compatibility: These Philips Indoor T12 Light Bulbs fit in bi pin bases; Not compatible with Philips HUE products; Philips Dimmable T12 light bulbs are for non connected use only
  • Lumens (Brightness): 2600

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Conventional fluorescent tubes, which are used millions of times, generate light by means of a gas discharge. Fluorescent tubes contain a mixture of mercury and argon. In simplified terms, the process of generating light works as follows: The electrodes in the tube heat up to 2000 °C and cause parts of the contained mercury to evaporate. By collision of mercury atoms and electrons it comes to glow and the tube gives off the desired light. For operation, fluorescent tubes require a ballast. This is either an ECG (electrical ballast) or a CCG (conventional ballast). Its task is to protect the fluorescent tube from bursting by throttling the power supply. Therefore, the term throttle is also widespread. In addition to the ballast, the fluorescent tube requires a starter, which is responsible for ignition. Frequent side effects of fluorescent tubes are humming, humming and flickering.

The biggest criticism of classic fluorescent tubes is the mercury they contain. The heavy metal represents a health risk when the lamp breaks. In addition, it is not permitted to dispose of the lamps with household waste, as the materials they contain can lead to environmental problems. For this reason, fluorescent tubes must be disposed of by a specialised disposal company. The fluorescent tube’s long service life and good luminous efficacy at comparatively low energy costs speak in favour of it. With the LED light tube, however, there is now an alternative that offers similar light with fewer environmental hazards and even lower electricity costs.

The LED light tube does not work with gas, but generates the light through an (emitting) diode. If it is supplied with electricity, it emits light. LED fluorescent tubes do not contain toxic or otherwise problematic components. Although their acquisition costs are higher than those of classic fluorescent tubes, this also applies to their service life. In terms of light temperature, the fluorescent tubes hardly differ from each other any more. Like their predecessors filled with mercury, LED fluorescent tubes belong in hazardous waste. Here, however, not because of problematic ingredients, but in order to be able to reuse the valuable components for the electronics industry.

Replacing a classic fluorescent tube with an LED tube, however, does not require much effort. Manufacturers offer retrofit models that can be installed in existing lamps. As a rule, these models contain a so-called starter dummy, which replaces the starter of the classic fluorescent tube and enables the problem-free insertion of an LED tube light.

One of the most important criteria when buying a fluorescent tube is the colour temperature. It decides whether the light produced is similar to daylight or warm white creates a cosy atmosphere. The colour temperature has a decisive influence on people’s ability to concentrate. The following overview provides an indication of which colour temperature is recommended for which application:

– 8000 Kelvin: Use in offices, classrooms and hospitals- 6500 Kelvin: Ideal for use in technical production facilities- 5400 Kelvin: Aquariums, plant lighting, plant cultivation- 3500 Kelvin: Universally usable- 2700 Kelvin: Suitable for living rooms, kitchens and corridors

TOP 5 Fluorescent tubes Bestseller

Philips Daylight Deluxe Linear Fluorescent T12 Light Bulb: 4-Foot, 2325-Lumen, 6500-Kelvin, 40-Watt, Bright White, Bi-Pin Base, 10-Pack
  • Energy Efficient: Philips Indoor T12 light bulbs have an estimated lamp life of 20,000 hours for a long lasting bulb option
  • Eco Friendly: These Philips T12 light bulbs use recycled glass and packaging material, reducing environmental impact
  • Bright White: Philips Indoor T12 Light Bulbs deliver bright, crisp color ideal for indoor, commercial and residential use; At 6500 Kelvin the bulb is versatile enough to brighten laundry rooms, bathrooms, and workspaces
  • Compatibility: These Philips Indoor T12 Light Bulbs fit in bi pin bases; Not compatible with Philips HUE products; Philips Dimmable T12 light bulbs are for non connected use only
  • Lumens (Brightness): 2600
Luxrite F32T8/741 32W 48 Inch T8 Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb, 4100K Cool White, 2850 Lumens, G13 Medium Bi-Pin Base, LR20732, 4-Pack
  • WATTAGE: 32 Watts
  • COLOR TEMPERATURE: 4100K (Cool White)
  • LIGHT OUTPUT: 2850 Lumens
  • LIFETIME: 13,000 Hours
  • SIZE/BASE: 48IN T8 - G13 Medium Base
Sylvania 22433 32-watt T8 Octron Fluorescent Ecologic Lamp with Instant Start or Rapid Start, Cool White, 12-Pack
  • Color Temperature: 4,100K
  • Average Lifetime: 22500 hours
  • Lumens (light output): 2450
  • Color Rendering Index (CRI): 90
F40CWX (4 Pack) 40 Watt Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb 40W Deluxe Cool White 4100K Replaces F40T12/CW F40T12/CW/SUPREME/ALTO F40/D841/ECO F40SPX41/ECO F40/CWX F40SP41 F40T12/CWSupreme/Plus/Alto F40CW
  • Coated with Lumactiv, a patented, photocatalytic coating that cleans and purifies the air using a light activated Photocatalytic process and Nanotechnology
  • 48" Inch Length 1.5 Inch Diameter
  • Medium Bi-Pin (G13) Base
  • 40 watt - 2,150 lumens
  • Finish: Deluxe Cool White
F34CWX/SS (4 Pack) 34 Watt T12 Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb F34T12 Replaces F34CWX F34CW/RS/EW/ALTO F34CW/SS/ECO F34/CX41/WM/ECO F34SP41/RS/WM/ECO F34CW/RS/WM/ECO
  • Coated with Lumactiv, a patented, photocatalytic coating that cleans and purifies the air using a light activated Photocatalytic process and Nanotechnology
  • TCLP Compliant & Meets 2012 Energy Legislation, Federal Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (CIRCLE E).
  • Length 48 Inches - 1.5 Inch Diameter
  • Base: Medium Bi-Pin - 34 Watt - 2700 Lumens
  • Color/Finish: Cool White Deluxe - Temp: 4100