Differences between wattages and bases for Plug-in Fluorescent Bulb

hi i'm amanda with bulbamerica.

com in this video we're going to talk about plug-in fluorescent bulbs and their wattages now they're wattages and their bases actually go hand-in-hand so I'm going to go through the different wattages and the different bases so that you can understand more clearly how to choose the correct pull for your fixture so let's start here with the G 23 and the g x 23 I'm just going to go through all the details and we'll look at the number of pins we'll look at the codes on the outside of the base the notches any detail so the difference between these two here this one is the G 23 this one is the G X 23 so we have a G 23 here it's made by GE and I just want to show you what the code on the base indicates so I'm going to read it for you it says f 9v x / 8 4 1 / e c.

o now what the F indicates is that it's a fluorescent bulb and then you have 9 which is your wattage BX meaning by ax that's a one name that they use for this particular type of bulb and then you have / 8 8 indicates that it's the number following is going to be the color temperature and then you have 4 1 which is 40 100 K and that's your color temperature and then / u co e Co which stands for echo so that's how you can understand a little better about the codes now if you want to take a look at the base the difference between the two is actually they're notches they look very similar but as you can see that G 23 has one large notch here in the front and the GF 23 has two notches here in the front so it's very important to pay attention to these details because while the bulbs look almost identical one has also a longer tube and has different notches so this is all very important when it comes to choosing the right replacement because if you don't choose the exact same base as your fixture then of course it's not going to fit properly into your fixture or it won't fit at all if you are using the incorrect bulb inside of a fixture and it happens to be able to fit in there although it may turn on it will turn on just for a little while and then it will end up blowing the ballast that's inside of the base so you want to be really careful when it comes to choosing the right base that's why this video is very important now also the length of the tube often indicates the wattage so this tube is a little bit longer than the other one so as you can see it's going to indicate a higher wattage the shorter the tube the lower the wattage and the longer the tube the higher the wattage now I also want to show you the two g11 so this is a two g11 as you can see it's a very long tube and this is just a four pin base it's four pin straight across and what's really important to know about this is that the two g11 also comes in a UV version so many times customers have been a little confused about these two because they look very similar they have the exact same base and this UV version will fit into your regular two g11 mixture however this UV is used for only special applications so if you do not need a UV bulb then you don't need to purchase this one this is for things like medical use sterilization water pure water purification and things of that nature so just be very careful pay close attention when you're ordering this type of book we want to make sure that you're not getting UV version if you don't need it and now moving on over to this family here this again has two but now we're getting into double tubes so as you can see this is a double tube this is a single tube I know we had another video that explained the difference between that so I hope you guys understand now this has two pins once again and also it has one notch on large notch here in the front but on the other two you'll start seeing smaller notches so this has a smaller notch here just at the top of the base same thing with this one that has it on the opposite side this so that's another detail to pay attention to now we have a little bit more variety so I just want to show you the different wattages this one here is a 9 watt as you can see it's got a low wattage and smaller tubes this one here is an 18 watt the tubes get a little bit larger and this one is a 26 watt and you can see this is since the largest one of all of them so next we have the G 24 Q – 1 – 2 + – 3 and these are 4 pins so as you can see there are 1 2 3 4 pins here on the base again you want to pay attention to the notches this one has a smaller notch here in the center this one has it you'll ill either see the notches in the center or to the left of center or to the right of Center or they may not have a notch at all so it's just very important to pay attention to all of the details on the base and over here we have the triple tubes these are 4 pins as well again you want to pay attention to the notches this one even has two notches side by side so that's very important all around every single detail that you see on the base will help you to choose the right one now we're going to summarize the details that you need to look at in order to choose the correct base so you want to start with the number of tubes whether you have a single tube or a double tube or a triple tube or even a quad tube which is four tubes so you have the number of tubes now you want to look at what type of base you have so each base will have a different number of pins so this is a single tube with two pins this is a single tube with four pins then you have your double tubes with two pins and then double tubes with four pins and of course triple tubes and quad tubes with four pins as well next you want to look at what notches or what different raised marks are on the base so we have two large notches here and this one actually has no notches some will have these little raised notches here the smaller ones and they'll have them in different positions whether it's in the center to the left to the right you want to make sure you're paying attention to where these notches are because if they are not in the correct position for your fixture of course it will not fit into your fixture and this could either cause damage to your fixture or to the ballast on the inside of your bowl so you want to make sure you're paying attention to all these different details first the number of tubes then looking at the type of base that you have looking at how many pins you have and where the notches are and if you need any further information there are really great diagrams on the website as well at Build America comm and you can always call us and we'll be happy to help you up thanks for watching.

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