Shunted Vs Non-Shunted Tombstone (Socket)

What is a tombstone socket?

The term "tombstone" refers to the shape of the socket that provides a track from the ballast to the lamp's pins.

Shunted vs Non-Shunted Tombstones (Sockets)

Shunted vs. Non-Shunted Tombstones

Shunted Socket - Shunted tombstones have a single track for electrical current flow.

Non-Shunted Socket - Non-Shunted tombstones have two tracks for electrical current to flow through independently

Note: The safest and most efficient way to differentiate between the two shunted lamp holders is to use a voltage meter to detect the electrical current. Your voltage meter should notify you if the electrical contacts are shunted. Be sure that your voltage meter is set to "continuity".

Tombstones and Fluorescent Tubes

Now that you understand the difference between shunted and non-shunted sockets, how do you apply it? We've put together a cross reference infographic to help identify the right LED tubes for your fluorescent fixtures.

Please keep in mind that this guide was purely designed to help you better understand the difference between shunted and non-shunted sockets. Be sure to consult an electrician or your linear fixture manufacturer to determine which tombstone you have.

Please note that using the wrong type of tombstone can not only shorten the life of your LED tubes, but can also cause an electrical short, resulting in a fire.

David Lu
David Lu

David is the founder and CEO of HomElectrical. As an advocate for green initiatives, he is constantly searching for new products that are friendlier to the environment. David has helped many business owners and schools reduce their carbon footprint while putting extra profits back into their organizations. Known around the office for his work ethic, you can find him roaming around the office challenging his co-workers to push their boundaries. When he is not here, David enjoys spending time with his wife Sylvia and their two children exploring the world!

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