We are your best resource for all types of LED PL lamps. Whether you are preparing to replace your existing compact fluorescent bulbs with LED PL lamp replacement, rest assured that you will easily be able to find the products you are searching for and will get a great price on them when you make your bulb purchase online with us. We carry a full line of products for you to choose from, and this means you can count on us to carry the LED bulbs that you are looking for.
If you are currently using compact fluorescent lights in your facility, you may be paying more on lighting-related energy costs than you need to. In addition, your facility could be negatively impacted by the heat generated from these bulbs, the bothersome flicker or glow of the lights and various other downsides associated with compact fluorescent lighting. You can easily upgrade from your compact fluorescent bulbs to LED.
When you choose to purchase and use LED PL Lamps rather than compact fluorescent lights, you will discover that you can dramatically reduce your energy costs. In fact, in some cases, you may reduce your costs related to lighting your facility by 50 percent more by making this simple upgrade. Keep in mind that the LED PL lights are designed to provide you with approximately 50,000 hours of life. This is more than three times as long as the life of a compact fluorescent light bulb. Replacing bulbs requires you to pay for replacement bulbs, pay for labor to change the bulbs and take time away from other tasks your staff may need to do. Reducing maintenance tasks around your facility can be truly beneficial, and this is a great way to do so.
Plug and Play – Ballast Compatible Options
With all fluorescent products, each “tube” requires a ballast, and PL bulbs are no exception. So every time you see a recessed can light with 1 or more PL bulbs, there is a ballast that is hidden providing the power. With LED PL Lamps, there are two options: Plug and Play and Ballast Bypass. For the record, not all LED PL Lamp Replacement we have are plug and play. Plug and Play means that the LED PL Lamp has a driver that should work with the existing fluorescent ballast. “Should” is the operative word, because there will be times when the ballast installed in your fixture won’t work. When plug and play bulbs are developed, the engineering team gets samples of most common ballasts and tests them with their drivers. Unfortunately, there are times when ballasts installed may not be one of the ballasts the engineers tested against. That is why it is a good thing, as a customer, to test the plug and play bulbs with your lights before you purchase. Secondly, it’s always good to test the base to make sure what you think you have is exactly what you were sent. There is nothing worse in ordering a LED G23 and finding out you have a LED GX23 base.
Direct Connect LED PL Lamps
The other option is direct connect LED PL Lamps. In this scenario, the ballast is either bypassed or removed and the fixture is reconfigured to send AC Power directly to the LED PL Lamp. The LED PL Lamp Replacement is configured to accept voltages from 100-277V, so it works well in 99% of all applications.
Pros and Cons of Plug and Play versus Direct Connect
The biggest difference between the two options is whether or not you are going to use the fixtures existing ballast. If you do, then installation time is greatly reduced because all that is required is removing the old fluorescent bulb and replacing it with the LED PL Lamp. For direct connect bulbs, the electrician would need to removed or disconnect the ballast and wire the fixtures lamp holder to accept direct AC power. At some time in the future, the ballast will fail, so you have not removed the ballast from the equation. It still will be a maintenance item for you. And it also consumes electricity. So you can expect a plug and play LED PL Lamp to consume slightly more electricity than a direct connect LED PL Lamp replacement. Some customers like to eliminate the ballast, some don’t mind dealing with it later on down the road. There is no right or wrong, only what is best for you.
Here is a list of bases that make up the family of LED PL Lamps
The most common bases are G23 and G24 bases, G23 GX23, G24 and GX24.
Why Convert from Compact Fluorescent to G23 LED and G24 LED?
1. Typical energy savings is about 50%. So it is not uncommon to replace a 22W CFL PL bulb with a 11W LED PL
2. No ballast. Our customers have told us that when a PL bulb fails, it produces a smell that is similar to a burned smell. Converting over to PL LED Bulbs allows you to remove the ballast.
3. 50,000 hours of rated life. You will be on your third set of CFL bulbs before you will have to replace the LED PL bulb.
Converting to E26 Base
My LED Lighting Guide offers base conversions from PL Base to E26. This allows you to convert over to more traditional style bulbs, like PAR or BR style bulbs.