Electrical Wiring in the Home/T12 to T5 conversion


Hello and thanks for your time!

We presently have some two-lamp T12 fixtures which my girl friend wants to convert to T5 tubes.

I am trying to find a retro kit which includes everything she needs. I've seen kits for T12 to T8 conversion. Is one available for T5 conversion to your knowledge? If not a kit, is it possible to buy the parts needed to do the job?

Is it a difficult job?

Thank you!


Aloha !

Yes there is and it is a bit expensive. Check out the link below.

You would have to change the ballast and use what is basically an adapter that you rotate into the existing sockets. Then you rotate in your new T5 into the adapter. The T5's are shorter than the T12's and they use a smaller socket thus the adapter.

 Unless this is a very expensive or special fixture you want to save for some reason then your probably better off just buying a whole new fixture.

BTW how did the line for the pond pump go ?  

Is my rain check for a tour of the island still good ?


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