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Are the NorthLux™ 95 CRI T8 LED Tubes dimmable?
I purchased 2 4-packs of the Northlux T8 5000k and installed them into t-8 fluorescent fixtures. We have five fixtures running next to each other in our office/photography printing space. The color is perfect! But they are too bright. We took out one bulb from each fixture but still too bright. Would these bulbs be dimmable?
Unfortunately, the NorthLux™ LED T8 products are not dimmable. That being said, we do have a few recommendations which might help.
- If the 5000K color temperature is necessary for your workspace, there may be diffusor covers that could be affixed to the lighting fixtures.
For example, prismatic diffusers are commonly used with tube light fixtures and can assist in softening the light output.
- Alternatively, we have found that reducing the color temperature of the light sources in a space can mitigate the perceived intensity of the light output. For example, 4000K light sources are much less stark and intense than 5000K light sources.
Do the 4000K lights give the same color accuracy as the 5000K? Also, does re-wiring the fixtures (as opposed to just using the existing fluorescent ballasts) make any visible difference?
The 4000K and 5000K color temperature T8 LED lights that we offer feature the same 95 CRI. This 95 CRI allows for colors to appear vibrant and natural under both color temperature options.
Regarding re-wiring the fixtures, this typically does not make a visible difference in the perceived brightness emitted by the T8 LED bulbs.
Our electrician noticed that the new bulbs above got hot fairly quickly, which seems weird for LED bulbs. Would re-wiring the T8 fluorescent fixtures eliminate this?
Regarding the heat output, a small amount of heat generated by the lamps is normal, but if it is more than warm to the touch, this may potentially indicate a ballast compatibility issue.
We recommend either removing the ballast from the fixtures or alternatively installing the tube lights via a ballast bypass, as this will eliminate any potential compatibility issues between our lamps and the ballast. Instructions for this process can be found at the link below.
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