9 Reasons the LED Alternative to Fluorescent Tube Lighting Wins

In most offices, hallways, and other lower level and flat ceiling environments you will find some sort of tube lighting in place. The most common technology that is found to be used is currently fluorescent, but after this post that might slowly change for some because this alternatives to fluorescent office lighting and all of those other uses listed above is going to change your mind on which technology is the truly efficient one.

The following 9 reasons show loud and clear why the LED alternative to fluorescent tube lighting is the clear winner when it comes to lifespan, safety, and more. Let's start off with the first reasons shall we?

1. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury, LED doesn't

Although it is completely harmless while in the tube itself, accidents always happen. When a fluorescent tube is broken, a small amount of mercury can be released into the surrounding area. The bigger issue comes when people think about avoiding and cleaning up the mercury over the glass, but in reality the glass poses the biggest threat. It's recommended to air out the area as soon as possible, along with cleaning up the glass without anything that will make it airborne (like a vacuum). With a LED fluorescent tube alternative, you will skip this issue entirely because LED technology does not require any sort of mercury to work! 

2. LED is optimal for cold or hot and room temperatures

While LED technology is pretty much good to go in a greater range of temperatures, fluorescent lamps only works at it's peak performance when it is in room temperature type environments. So LED technology is much more flexible in which temperatures it can operate properly at, fluorescent are only suitable for inside only applications. But even then, LED still wins for all of these other reasons listed on this post! And a thing to remember is that fluorescent technology isn't better than LED is indoors, it's just that it only works optimally at room temperatures. But when you replace fluorescent light with LED, you still get all the benefits that LED brings and they aren't picky about the temperature at all. 

3. LED technology is easily dimmable

Keyword there is easily. Some fluorescent lights are dimmable, but not all are. And when they are, they typically aren't as efficient nor as cheap as dimming a tube lamp (LED) would be. So if you are in need of dimming capabilities (for whatever reason) and want to do so efficiently, LED technology is probably the easier and more hassle-free option to choose for dimming capabilities. This allows you to get a LED fluorescent tube replacement installation done and enjoy the benefits of dimming your lights as much as you need, when needed.  

4. LED is directional light (unlike fluorescent)

When you hear the words non-directional, what exactly does that mean to you? Well, in the world of lighting it basically means that such fixture emits lights 360 degrees (or in all directions). This causes 30-40% of all the light being emitted by a fluorescent tube to be wasted due to the trait it carries of non-directional emission of light. With LED, it has directional lighting which allows you to direct the light where it needs to go and isn't going to waste being emitted 360 degrees. 

5. LED conversions are at least 30% more efficient

Let alone all of the other benefits that a LED conversion for fluorescent tubes will bring that are listed here, what about the direct savings that you will realize just by switching over to LED from fluorescent? Depending on the fluorescent products you had installed before and which LED products you are replacing them with will depend on the amount of energy you save. But on average, you will realize a staggering 30% reduction in energy usage associated with your tubes. This allows you to even see a return on investment when you start looking at what an LED vs a fluorescent tube will save you in the long run. 

6. LED emit less heat

In regards to property owners and facility managers, they tend to be in favor of the technology that doesn't emit immense amounts of heat. With fluorescent which do emit considerably more heat that LEDs, you are now opening yourself up to a new issue to resolve. In the hotter months when air conditioning is running in the building, having tubes that emit heat will just add to the cost of cooling down a building. This can get especially pricey when your building is larger and requires much more energy to cool it down throughout the day. 

7. LED alternatives last much longer

While you can do things to keep a fluorescent tube alive longer (look at #8), LEDs still win. With an average lifespan of 15,000 hours, fluorescent dies out 3-4 times faster than an LED does. With LEDs average lifespan of 50,000 hours, this means that you will need to replace a fluorescent tube 3-4 times more than an LED equivalent. Do you know the costs associated with switching out a burnt out tube? It can add up especially in larger buildings, and thus this is yet another way a switch to LED from fluorescent tubing can bring your building great cost reductions related to your lighting maintenance costs. On top of that, you will need to buy 3-4 times more fluorescent tubes which will, in the long run, cost more than one LED would of cost. So if you do replace fluorescent with LED, you will be able to realize yet another benefit of LED technology; longer lifespan by 3-4 times! 

8. Frequent switching of fluorescent lights causes early failure

As mentioned in #7, a way to extend the life of a fluorescent luminaire is by not switching them off frequently. They are best to be turned on once for the day, and then one time off for the day. If you demand a technology that allows for frequent switching of on and off throughout the day and don't want to reduce the lifespan of the light source, the fluorescent tube alternative (or LED) will be the best option. They do not reduce in lifespan no matter how many times they are turned on or off. 

9. Buzzing and flickering... no longer with LED

Last but definitely not least, LEDs will never buzz or flicker, not even near the end of their lifespan! This buzzing and flickering that fluorescent lamps are susceptible to can reduce productivity and increase stress; all of which are no good for the workplace environment. This can prove to be devastating to your businesses work output, which can even indirectly effect your bottom line. Time = money, and by being stressed and distracted by flickering or buzzing ceiling lights, you will be losing money and not even know why. Now you know, if you have flickering or buzzing lights get rid of them as soon as possible! 

Final Words

What is the moral of the story with all of these reasons? Simple! It's to be aware of the powerful fluorescent light alternative, which is LED, and all of the benefits that it brings to any building of any size. The above article has been here to inform you on all of these benefits that LED vs fluorescent lights will bring you. If you want to find out more about replacing fluorescent light fixture with LED, click the big green button below or contact us with any questions you have!

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