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T8 LED Retrofit Replace Fluorescent Bulbs

Shop for T8 LED Tubes that replaces existing fluorescent tubes in your troffers. USA Stock and Great Pricing available.

Our Commercial led retrofits for fluorescent fixtures replace existing fluorescent tubes in the existing fixture. DLC Qualified for rebate eligibility which reduces costs further. All our tubes perform better than the fluorescent tube it replaces. Higher quality light and significant energy reductions when you convert from fluorescent tubes to LED!

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10 Reasons to Convert to Commercial T8 LED Tubes

Our LED Tube Lights are the perfect LED solution for fluorescent tubes and fixtures. Fluorescents have been the main stay in office and commercial spaces for decades. Companies that use LED tube retrofit bulbs for fluorescent fixtures are realizing the savings and benefits.

1. Reduced energy consumption.

Converting from a 4ft T8 32 watt fluorescent tube to a 15 watt LED T8 4 ft tube light fixture saves 50%+ on your bills. Keep in mind that fluorescent tubes need a ballast to operate. Ballasts consume about 15% more than the rated power draw over what the tube uses. (about 4 watts per tube)

2. Reduced maintenance costs.

All our LED tube light fixtures are rated for 50,000 hours and warrantied for 5 years. If your office lights are on 12 hours a day and average 20 working days a month, your tubes will work for over 15 years before you would have to replace them. Compare that with fluorescent tubes with replacements every few years. That's not including replacement of ballasts.

3. Reduced AC Load.

Our LED tubes for fluorescent fixtures run cooler than fluorescent technology tubes do. This means you will need less HVAC cooling to offset the heat generated by your lights. This adds up to extra savings in warm climates.

4. Unbreakable. 

They are the perfect replacement for expensive shatterproof fluorescent tubes. Many of our tubes do not contain glass and will not shatter if dropped. You won't have to worry about the cost associated with shatterproof fluorescents when you convert to LEDs. (please note, we do sell glass LED Tubes - do not buy these if you are looking for a shatter proof solution)

5. Flicker Free Lighting.

Fluorescent tubes flicker. Flickering has many health issues associated with it including:

  • headaches
  • eyestrain
  • seizures (epilepsy)

Flickering is because fluorescent run on AC power, and AC power cycles at 60 hz in North America (50 hz in Europe). That means it cycles on and off 60 times a second. LED runs off DC power and direct current does not cycle, so, no flickering. To remove flickering, replace fluorescent light with LED throughout your building.

6. Mercury Free / PCB Free.

Most fluorescent tubes contain mercury, and fluorescent ballasts contain PCBs. We have customers who convert to LED from fluorescent to remove mercury out of the buildings. Others who have strict policies on how they handle ballasts because of the PCBs. Imagine, most of our office buildings, hospitals and schools run fluorescent tubes. With our LED tube retrofits for fluorescent lights; no mercury, no PCBs. This is a major reason in itself to start replacing fluorescent lights with LED systems.

7. No humming.

Fluorescent ballasts hum, the older they are, the more likely they are to hum. LED technology in general (including tubes) do not and will never hum.

8. Better work environment.

How many times have you walked into an office to find the lights are off or the employees have pulled the tubes out? Fluorescent lighting is not a good source of light to have to work under. LEDs are a much better source of light in almost every aspect of lighting.

9. De-lamping. 

LED Tubes a good for 1 to 1 fluorescent replacement. They are so good that you may even be able to delamp (the process of using less tubes per fixture). OK, now we are talking some serious energy savings! 

10. Rebates at time of sale.

Our industrial LED tubes are DLC Qualified. This makes them eligible for utility rebates. Which means the cost of thesalee goes down and your payback period gets much shorter.

T8 LED Tube Definitions

Type "B" LED Tubes (Internal Driver) vs. Type "C" LED Tubes (External Driver)

All LED Tube bulbs use drivers that power the LEDs. They perform the function of converting AC power from the utility company into DC power. LED Lights run on DC power. Some LED Tube manufacturers incorporate the drivers inside the tubes. Some decide to use an external driver. There are some subtle and not so obvious differences between the two designs.

1. Retrofitting to tubes with internal drivers involves first removing the ballast. Take out the wires that hook up the tube holders to the line source.

Note: follow the instructions by the manufacturer when retrofitting your existing fixtures. This discussion is not meant to replace the installation manual. Retrofitting external driver tubes involves removing the ballast but the line source is now wired into the LED driver. The output of the driver connects to the tube. No power is sent down the wires to the end tube holders.

2. The external drivers are larger than internal drivers. External drivers are not limited by the tube physical size.

3. External driven tubes may have a longer life span than internal driven tubes. (Note: this is based on the tubes we currently sell. Our external driven tubes are rated for 60,000 hours and our internal driven tubes are rated for 50,000 hours). By removing the driver from the heat source, this may extend the life of the driver.

 

Type "A" LED Tubes (Ballast Compatible - Plug & Play) - T8 LED Bulbs no ballast

We get asked about tubes that you can pop into existing fixtures without removing or bypassing the existing ballast. While it is true the installation of these tubes are simple, here are some points you should consider:

• these tubes are compatible with most ballasts (not all ballasts). Check with us to make sure they will run with your fluorescent ballasts

• the fluorescent ballast is still a point of failure. At some time in the future, they will fail, so you will have to deal with it. Even though you think you're saving on installation using these tubes, they will force you to replace or bypass the ballast.

• they still consume energy. You will get the benefit of using less power with the LED tube lighting fixture. But, the ballast still consumes power (ballast draw), so your savings wont be as great.

 

Hybrid LED Tube Lighting Technology

What is a hybrid LED tube? A Hybrid tube is one that has the ability to use or not use the existing fixtures ballast. So if you have a situation where you do a direct install with one of our hybrid LED tubes and it does not light up. It could be ballast incompatibility, then you can always wire around the ballast. Convert it into a double ended powered tube. In fact, our hybrid tube can run with the ballast, or without either as single ended or double ended power.

 

Single Ended Power vs. Dual Ended Power

Internal driven tubes are powered via the electricity that is supplied through its pins. Two options are available, single ended and dual end power. A single ended power tube receives power to only 1 tube end - positive to 1 pin and neutral to the other. No power is sent to the other tube end. A dual ended power tube receives power to both tube ends, positive to one end and neutral to the other.

 

Clear vs Frosted Lens

LED Tubes come in several cover options, the 2 most common are clear vs frosted. When we're asked which is more popular, the answer is clear. But it's a personal preference more than anything else. Frosted tubes are less bright than clear tubes, as the coating cuts back on the T8 lumen output. If you're in a space looking at the lights like a dentist office laying back in chair, frosted tubes are the better choice.

How many Lumens do I need?

This is a question we get asked a lot. A 32W 4ft fluorescent tube is replaced by a 12W 1800 lumen led tube light. Here's how. LED light is directional, so all the lumens are being directed to where it is needed. And after years of experience and 1000s of tubes sold, 1800 lumens appears to be the proper amount. As our customers tell us, this provides more light than the bulbs they replaced.

Now here comes the fun part... How many watts do you need?

Well, that all depends on how efficient your LED tubes are.

In fluorescent, you know the tubes are 28W or 32W. Each tube makes the same amount of light from product to product. With LED, you have to pay attention to the lumens per watt efficiency. A tube at 100 lumens per watt will need 18W to make 1800 lumens, a tube at 150 lumens per watt will only need 12 watts. So two things you need to pay attention to, the watts consumed and the lumens it produces.

Always buy LED based on the lumens it produces. Then find the bulb that does it with the least amount of watts to produce the light. Never buy on watts.

Color Temperature

The next big question is what color temperature should you consider getting. Here are some general rules we tell our customers. First, when vendors talk about day white or warm white, this is not a universal standard. Different manufacturers use different terms. One may call Day White and it represents 3500K (to them). Whereas another company may call it Day White that represents 4200K. The only standard is Kelvin.

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So what Kelvin should you consider?

For offices, you should look at 4000K. 4000K is a white color with a hint of warmth. For warehouses, factories, and garages, 5000K is a great choice. It is a pure white, without being harsh. Harsh blue colored whites start to kick in around 6000K. Most of our customers who think they need 6000K return them for 5000K.

Magnetic Strip Retrofit Kits: A great LED Tube alternative

LED Linear Troffer and Industrial Magnetic Strip Retrofit Kits are LED replacements for 1x4 and 2x4' recessed troffers. They also instal in existing industrial strip fixtures and fluorescent wrap fixtures.

These kits include a magnetic back for easy installation. These LED Retrofit Kit Strips replace traditional tubes in commercial applications. This includes office lobbies and hallways, conference rooms, schools, retail stores, libraries, airports, showrooms and hospitality locations. Shop for LED Magnetic Strip Retrofit Kits. Designed to retrofit existing fluorescent fixtures without using a tube solution.

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