I'm going to treat myself to new fluorescent shop lights. I currently have a motley collection, with fixtures from garage sales and the dump. No telling what the ballasts are and whatever tubes I could get on sale.
I'm thinking that it will be easier and cheaper to just replace the ballasts and tubes, keeping the existing fixtures. Is this reasonable?
I'd get T8's & electronic ballasts. But which ones? There's a huge selection!
Is there a difference between brand name & no-name ballasts? If so, what are the good brands: GE, Sylvania, Motorola, TCP, Sola, Advance, Sasi?
What about tubes: GE, Sylvania, Phillips, LITETRONICS, Panasonic, Westinghouse, TCP, Sola, Advance, Sasi?
Are "temperature" and lumens something I need to pay attention to?