T8 Fluorescent LED Tube Replacement

Choosing the right T8 LED tubes to replace your current fluorescent tubes can be a bit confusing. Navagating through the internet, reading about whether your ballast is compatible with your LED tubes or if your linear fluorescent fixture is equipped with a shunted or un-shunted tombstone.

Shunted versus Non-shunted Tombstone

Hybrid LED Tubes

The Hybrid T8 LED tubes are the most innovative and simple tubes there are to offer. As one of the most versatile options, they can be configured to bypass the ballast or be installed into your current linear fluorescent fixtures with either electronic or magnetic ballasts.


T8 LED tubes are the ideal solution for homeowners and small business owners that are looking to reduce their power consumption with minimal downtime or the need for an electrician to remove the ballast from the fixture.


One major downside is that the ballast is still liable to increase your power consumption by as much as 20% per fixture, and it could shorten the lifespan of the LED tube as it adds additional stress to the tubes. Lastly, the ballast is still a maintenance concern as it is still in play.

Where possible, we recommend that you remove the ballast to further reduce your power consumption and to eliminate the need to manage that aging ballast.

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Direct Wire or Ballast Bypass LED Tubes

The ballast bypass LED tubes are the most efficient solution to replace your current T8 fluorescent tubes. These LED Tubes run directly off the line voltage, eliminating the need for a ballast to regulate power. Furthermore, you will have to also replace the current tombstone to a non-shunted rapid start version. Although, the rewiring is simple enough and can be done in 10 minutes per fixture, we highly recommended that you consult a master electrician to perform this task.

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Electronic Ballast Compatible LED Fluorescent LED Tubes

These LED tubes require an electronic ballast to work. This is by far the most simple solution to retrofit your current T8 fluorescent fixture. It is as simple as swapping the new LED tube with your current fluorescent tube. However, with the presence of hybrid LED tubes, electronic ballast compatible fluorescent LED tubes could soon become obsolete.

If you are still unsure about upgrading to LED tubes, take a look at our LED Fluorescent Tube Replacement Guide!

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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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