LED Fluorescent Tube Replacement Guide

By david_lu

Fluorescent Tube Replacement Guide

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:

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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.

Learn more about LED lighting with The Only LED Guide You Will Ever Need.

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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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versatility_pinMore Versatile
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

 

power_pinNo 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. 

 

environment_pinBetter 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.

 

 

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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

PICTURE OF EACH TUBE & ITS DIAMETER MEASUREMENT

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

 

18W 4-Ft T8 LED Tube (32W Fluorescent Replacement) 4000K

Private Label T8184

18W 4-Ft T8 LED Tube

(32W Fluorescent Replacement )

4000KGEN-T8184

As Low As $95.00 Case of 20

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

 

12W LED T8 Tube (27W Fluorescent Replacement) 5000K, 4-Ft

Private Label T8125

12W LED T8 Tube

(27W Fluorescent Replacement)

5000K, 4-FtGEN-T8125

As Low As $110.00 Case of 20

 

Now that you have learned the benefit of replacing your fluorescent tube to T8 LED, will you join the LED movement?

 

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