So, I'm curious to know - how much does brand matter when it comes to T5 bulbs? With T12s, they're cheap enough to swap out frequently, but I was shocked by the cost of T5s now that I'm trying to switch over. I found some good-looking deals at 1000bulbs.com, but I've never heard of several of these companies before so I'm a little skeptical. The best deals I've been able to find locally roughly compare to the average prices I'm finding online, but that's like $9-$15 per bulb, and that's the case price!
$95 for a case of 25 bulbs is tempting. But who the hell is Halco? And $125 for 50 is even better, but I've never heard of Plusrite either. Considering this is less than half the price I'm seeing elsewhere - even with shipping - I'm thinking it might not be a bad gamble to find out. It sure would be nice if I could get some tips from someone who's been down this road already.