What is a T5 LED Bulb?

December 17, 2014 by Sarah Longfellow

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As an LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting solution, a T5 LED bulb is one of the most popular, efficient, cost-effective as well as eco-friendly options available out there in the market today.

Before we talk about the specifications, applications and advantages of T5 LED bulbs, it would be useful and interesting to have a quick understanding of the nomenclature methodology.

t5 led bulbThere is a number of fluorescent/LED lighting types available in the market designated with a ‘TX’ prefix. The ‘T’ here represents that the light is of a tubular shape. The X – a number – indicates the diameter of the bulb, in eighths of an inch. Thus, T12 bulb is a tubular bulb that is 1.5 (12/8) inches in diameter. T8 is one inch in diameter, T5 is 5/8th of an inch in diameter and so on.

There are three main parts of an LED light: the bulb, the fixture/holder and the ballast.

T5 LED bulbs are available for a variety of applications including indoor and outdoor domestic use, industrial and agricultural use and also for automotive use.

T5 LED bulbs provide several advantages over the older, fluorescent lighting systems. One of the biggest advantages is that it (T5) provides almost 50% power savings as compared to its fluorescent counterparts. Another advantage is a much longer life – up to 50,000 hours (as compared to 20,000 hours of the fluorescent lights), reducing your maintenance and replacement costs significantly. One more big benefit of T5 LED bulbs is that it generates far less heat as t5 led bulbcompared to non-led lighting, thereby saving significant amounts of cash in electricity bills due to lower air conditioner usage over a period of time.

Thus, T5 LED bulbs help you save money in three ways:
Lower electricity bills due to less power consumption
Lower electricity bills due to less heat generation causing lower usage of air-conditioning systems
Lower maintenance/replacement costs due to longer life

As if this is not enough, LED lights yield significant health and environmental benefits too. Unlike the older – fluorescent lighting systems, LED bulbs do not use mercury which happens to be a very harmful and hazardous substance both for human health as well as for the environment.

As a result of the eco-friendly nature of LED bulbs, their disposal does not require any special procedures to be followed unlike in the case of fluorescent lights.

As far as LED lighting systems are concerned, T7, T8 and T12 are also fairly popular but you’d do well to know that even amongst these other LED lighting types, T5 is far superior in terms of costs and efficiency.

Since you’re reading this, there are very good chances that you are either planning to select a lighting system for a newly constructed premises or as a replacement or up-gradation of an older lighting system.

Regardless of the purpose for which you’re considering T5 LED bulbs, in view of all the facts, figures, numbers and other advantages mentioned above, it is obvious that T5 is at least one of the best options for you out there.

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