Fluorescent Tubes

Fluorescent tubes are a type of light bulb or lamp that use fluorescence to produce visible light. It is important to remember that fluorescent tube lights require a ballast to supply enough voltage to start the lamp and then to regulate the supply to operate the light safely. To learn more about fluorescent lights, please see our fluorescent tubes guide.

At RS Components, we have fluorescent tube lights in straight and circular variations that are available in a range of lengths, diameters and colour tones. Our curated range features products from industry-leading brands including Osram, GE, Sylvania and our own RS PRO.

Standard Fluorescent Tubes Sizes:

Fluorescent tubes are widely available in standard sizes known as T2, T4, T5, T8 and T12, with these sizes referring to the diameter of the bulb. Each standard size is available in different wattages, colours and lengths to suit every application.

  • T2 fluorescent tubes have a 7 mm diameter and are used within display cabinets for retail applications or in the home.
  • T4 fluorescent tubes feature a 12mm diameter and are most commonly used for kitchen worktops.
  • T5 fluorescent tubes have a 16 mm diameter and are used within offices, warehouses and kitchens. T5 tubes have a distinct advantage as they can be continuously installed in series.
  • T8 fluorescent tubes have a diameter of 26mm and are suited to larger environments and would typically be found in supermarkets, warehouses and hospitals.

Why should I pick a fluorescent tube?

  • Fluorescent tubes are a cheap and efficient way of generating light. Fluorescent light fixtures can cost more to install than incandescent options, however, they are more energy-efficient. They use less energy and are more cost-efficient to run.
  • When choosing a fluorescent tube, you must consider the luminosity (measured in lumens - lm) each bulb offers. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter your bulb will be.
  • Another benefit to choosing a fluorescent tube is the distribution of light, as fluorescent tubes diffuse light evenly.

Warning:

If a lamp breaks, you should ventilate the room for 30 minutes before removing the parts (preferably with gloves on). The parts should be taken for recycling at your local waste facility.


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RS Stock No. 137-468
BrandRS PRO
£10.71
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12 W - Circular 135mm - 6500K G10q Daylight -
RS Stock No. 240-0301
BrandRS PRO
£128.76
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18 W 1.2ft Linear 350mm PL-L - - - -
RS Stock No. 240-0294
BrandRS PRO
£135.10
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24 W 1.4ft Linear 420mm PL-L - - - -
RS Stock No. 711-7023
Mfr. Part No.1500
BrandSylvania
£46.91
1 Pack of 25
Pack(s)
18 W 2ft Linear 600mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 561-606
Mfr. Part No.L823
BrandOsram
£0.79
Each
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8 W 1ft Linear 300mm T5 3400K G5 White 534
RS Stock No. 463-5925
Mfr. Part No.L823
BrandOsram
£2.058
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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8 W 1ft Linear 300mm T5 3500K G5 White 535
RS Stock No. 711-7039
Mfr. Part No.1510
BrandSylvania
£2.084
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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36 W 4ft Linear 1200mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 656-1315
Mfr. Part No.4050300517957
BrandOsram
£2.514
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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58 W 5ft Linear 1500mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 656-1400
Mfr. Part No.4050300517797
BrandOsram
£1.714
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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18 W 2ft Linear 600mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 656-1258
Mfr. Part No.4050300517773
BrandOsram
£1.714
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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18 W 2ft Linear 600mm T8 6500K G13 Natural 865
RS Stock No. 792-3515
Mfr. Part No.36865
£1.92
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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36 W 4ft Linear 1200mm T8 6500K G13 Daylight 865
RS Stock No. 656-1321
Mfr. Part No.4050300517872
BrandOsram
£54.29
1 Pack of 25
Pack(s)
36 W 4ft Linear 1200mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 789-9850
Mfr. Part No.0001964
BrandSylvania
£4.46
Each
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32 W - Circular - - 4000K - Cool White -
RS Stock No. 711-7073
Mfr. Part No.2777
BrandSylvania
£2.583
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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49 W 4.8ft Linear 1450mm T5 4000K G5 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 700-1388
Mfr. Part No.L15840
BrandOsram
£148.60
1 Pack of 25
Pack(s)
15 W 1.5ft Linear 450mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 711-7045
Mfr. Part No.1530
BrandSylvania
£2.467
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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58 W 5ft Linear 1500mm T8 4000K G13 Cool White 840
RS Stock No. 792-3512
Mfr. Part No.18865
£1.746
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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18 W 2ft Linear 600mm T8 6500K G13 Daylight 865
RS Stock No. 711-7010
Mfr. Part No.581
BrandSylvania
£2.978
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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70 W 6ft Linear 1800mm T8 3500K G13 White 835
RS Stock No. 711-7035
Mfr. Part No.1502
BrandSylvania
£1.876
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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18 W 2ft Linear 600mm T8 6000K G13 Natural 865
RS Stock No. 494-6720
Mfr. Part No.4050300591384
BrandOsram
£2.715
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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14 W 1.8ft Linear 550mm T5 4000K G5 Cool White 840