Are you in a position to replace your old fluorescent tubes (LFL,) and you are not sure if T8 LED tube is the right solution for you? Our HomElectrical BrightIdeas team has put this guide together to help you navigate through the many options.
Why should I upgrade to LED Tube when fluorescent tubes are only $2 each?
Besides the obvious of up to 70% reduction in power consumption, they are 5 good reasons of why you should do it:
More Efficient, More Reliable, More Consistence
LED tubes produce NO INFRARED heat, in fact they give off very minimal heat. LED tubes can also last up to 50,000 hours on average. That’s twice as long as an LFL (15,000 – 30,000 hrs.) Unlike traditional bulbs and fluorescent tubes, LED tubes will not change their light output (brightness) or color temperature over their lifetime.
Rebates, Rebates, Rebates
There are millions of dollars available to you from the Federal government in the form of rebates and tax incentives. But, don’t wait! Those rebates are not going to last forever. Please make sure you check with your local government and power company for all available rebates. Check out our Personal Guide to Savings with Energy Rebates and Tax Credits.
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The lifespan of a fluorescent tube can be significantly shortened by switching them on and off often. LED tubes are much friendlier with all the available lighting sensors and controls since their lifespans are not affected by constant changes. Some of the newer LED tubes even offer dimmable options. Learn more with our Lighting Control Guide
No More flickering, No More Buzzing, No More Ballast.
The flickering and buzzing that you experienced from your LFL fixture occurs when the ballast and the fluorescent tube’s inner gas are no longer playing nice. Since LED light fixtures are not controlled by a ballast or a gas, those annoyances simply do not exist. Ballasts can cost as much as $30 and last between 1-3 years. The craziest thing is that they are also responsible for an additional 20%-30% power consumption per fixture.
Better for the environment
Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED tubes contain NO MERCURY. This eliminates the harmful effects that mercury can have our ourselves and the environment. This eco-friendly feature also makes LED tubes much easier to dispose.
BONUS: No Replacements Needed!
Switching to LED tubes will offer significant reduction in maintenace and operating costs.
Which linear fluorescent lamp do I have?
The type of linear fluorescent lamp you have all depends on when your fixtures were upgraded. T12 fluorescent fixtures are slowly phasing out, due their low efficiency, in comparison to T5 and T8 LED tubes. If they were installed in the last 15 years, it is safe to assume that you probably have either a T5 or T8 linear fixture.
Fluorescent tubes come in various diameters and lengths. However, 4-ft T5, T8, and T12 are going to be your most common type. Learn more with The Anatomy of an LED Tube
T5 Fluorescent Lamps
Since T5 lamps are the most efficient fluorescent tubes and they are available at higher wattages, they have been adopted to replace the ever-aging metal halide or pressure gas lighting environments. These are generally found in places like workshops, hangars, retail spaces, warehouse spaces, and auto body shops.
If you already purchased a new light fixture, and are ready for installation, check out: T5 Fluorescent LED Tube Replacement
T8 Fluorescent Lamps
You will traditionally find T8 fluorescent in retail spaces, commercial offices, hospitals, schools, hotels, and nursing homes.
Already purchased a new light fixture? Ready for installation? Check out: T8 Fluorescent LED Tube Replacement
T12 Fluorescent Lamps
As far as the aging T12 fixtures goes, they are normally found across commercial, retail and institutional businesses.
Ready for installation? Check out: T12 Fluorescent Tube Replacement
Now that you have learned the benefit of replacing your fluorescent tube to T8 LED, will you join the LED movement?
Already switched to LED tubes? Share your some of your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below!