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Fluorescent fixture quality?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by G Mulcaster, Nov 23, 2006.

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  1. G Mulcaster

    G Mulcaster Guest

    Hi folks,

    I'm shopping for 48" T-8 flourescent fixtures for my garage/workshop.
    Home Depot here has a brand called "Lithonia" which are rated down to
    0 degrees.

    The price is right but I have never heard of the Lithonia brand. Has
    anyone knowledge or opinions of their quality?

    My ceilings are 12' and I'm not, so I don't wish to be changing out
    fixtures too often :)

    Thanks, Gary
  2. TKM

    TKM Guest

    Lithonia is a very widely known U.S. brand. They market industrial,
    commercial and residential lighting fixtures. I don't know what their
    market share is currently; but for commercial/industrial markets it has been
    in the range of 40-50%. They manufacture mostly in the U.S. (Conyers, GA)
    and sell through electrical distributors as well as the "big box" retailers.
    Lithonia is one division of Acuity Brands
    Other brands in the Acuity organization have a more international approach
    than has traditionally been the case with Lithonia.

    Lithonia quality, from my experience, is excellent. A house I built 3 years
    ago is full of Lithonia fluorescent fixtures -- no problems so far.

    Note, however, that what goes wrong in a fluorescent lighting fixture over
    time is typically related to the lamps or the ballasts. Lithonia doesn't
    make those although they decide which ballast to supply with their fixtures.
    You decide which lamps to buy, of course.

    Terry McGowan
  3. G Mulcaster

    G Mulcaster Guest


    Thanks for the information. Just what I needed.

    Regards, Gary
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