How to Install a Fluorescent Tube

The following is a comprehensive guide to installing your new fluorescent tube. In this article you will find:

  • A step-by-step guide to installing a fluorescent tube.
  • Safety tips along the way.
  • Pictures and a visual guide so you can see exactly what you need to do.
  • A video to guide you through the process.
  • Further help and advice for Fluorescent Tubes.
  • Links to advice for upgrading to LED.

We currently have a wide range of T8 Tubes, T5 Tubes, T12 Tubes, and Starter Switches available if you're needing replacements.
You can also call 0113 887 6270 to speak to our team for advice and sales.

Safe Installation – Step-by-Step

1. Turn off power to the fitting.

Avoid direct contact with the fitting and anything that is earthed.

Installing a Fluourescent Tube Step 1

2. Use two hands to support the tube either end, then twist the tube so the lamp holders rotate roughly 180°.

You can typically hear a click when this happens.

Installing a fluorescent tube step 2

Once you've done this, you then should be able to lift out the old tube.

How to lift out a fluorescent tube

Figure 1: Example of a lamp holder

Tip: Make sure the lamp holider is lined up vertically for easy removal (See figfure 1).

3. Check that the fitting is not burn or darkened. 

If the fitting is burnt or darkened contact an electrician as the fitting may be fualty.

4. Place the old tube carefully out of the way so that you don't risk stepping on it or smashing it.

You will need to take the old tube and dispose of it correctly.

Installing a fluorescent tube step 4

5. Take the new tube, hold it with both hands at either end without touching the pins.

6. Line up the pins with ballast so that they can slot in easily.

7. Slot the tubes into the fitting.

In Need of a Fluourescent Tube replacement?

Shop T8 Tubes
Shop T5 Tubes
Shop T12 Tubes
Shop Starter Switches

Or you can click here to browse our full range of Fluourescent Tubes.

8. Twist the tube roughly 180° until it clicks and locks.

Installing a Fluorescent Tube Step 8

Video Guide on Changing Fluourescent Tubes

Why Shop With Lampshoponline?




Top Brands Only

We only stock the best brands on the market and bring these to you at great prices with bulk discounts available for trade and larger home orders.


Purchase as many or as few as you wish with savings when you buy in bulk. Amazon for example may require you to buy in bulk which may not be practical given the wide range of colour temperature, IP rating and beam angle differences around the home.

Stock Availability

We carry large stocks at all times.

Delivery & Returns

£3.32 delivery.
Free delivery over £65.
30-day returns policy.


We have over 10,000 customer reviews and are rated Excellent. 90% of our customers recommend us.

Great Location

Our warehouse and entire customer service team is located in Yorkshire.


We are renowned for our excellence in product packing meaning your bulbs arrive in perfect condition.

Great Shopping Experience

We invest heavily in our shopping experience. We constantly ask for feedback from our customers to help us improve our store experience.

Choose How to Pay

We accept Credit & Debit Cards, Paypal, American Express and Amazon Pay.

Trade Account Terms

We offer specific trade accounts for larger clients.

Industry Experts

Our team are highly trained specialists and can answer most lighting questions.

Delivery & Returns


  • Orders above £65 - free delivery.
  • Bulk purchasing options apply to many products listed in our GU10 ranges.
  • Royal Mail Tracked 2nd Class - £3.32 + VAT
  • Royal Mail Tracked 1st Class - £4.99 + VAT
  • Orders with items over 2ft long have a mandatory cost of £7.49 + VAT (Unless the value is over £65.00 + Vat).


If you're not happy with your purchase you can return items to us within 30 days of receiving your order providing the goods are unused. To return your items, please e-mail with your order number and we will send a returns number and return instructions to you.

Customer Service

LampShopOnline take pride in looking after our customers and endeavor to reply to every query. It can take up to 48 hours for a reply, however we typically respond within a couple of hours Monday to Fridays.


Tel: 0113 8876270

© 2023 LampShopOnline. All Rights Reserved. Company No. 07754783 - VAT No. GB 991 4552 91