> Before I made the commitment to 8 foot lights, I'd look at the replacement
> cost of the tubes in your area. Locally, I can buy the 4 foot variety at
> significantly less than 1/2 the cost of the 8 footers. With the tubes
> lasting about 2 years, the savings in using the shorter, more common tubes
> is a consideration.
Definitely worth checking into, but around here, 8 ft bulbs cost about the
same as 4 ft, making them effectively half the price. Also, in my
experience, the 8 footers last noticeably longer. I have more 8's than 4's
in my garage (all on the same switch), but I mostly change 4' bulbs, even
counting the 8' ones I break <g>
YMMV of course.
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