fluorescent to LED tube swap, who's done it?

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  1. samdjr74

    samdjr74 Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey all,

    In my home office, my desk doubles as a work bench and I have a 4 foot florescent light fixture over it. I've been swapping out all of my older bulbs when they burn out with LED bulbs but I haven't done any of these tube style bulbs. Has anyone done it yet and how does the LED look color and brightness wise compared to the original florescent?

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    Sawarow Gold Supporting Member

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    Just did today, used 4100k Phillips leds. It is a little warmer light than the fluorescent it replaced. I'm glad I did it
     
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    I was all set to do that for the fixture in my bathroom and decided it wasn't worth it. It uses four 24" T8 tubes. The only LED replacement for that size gives off slightly more than half as much lumens as the fluorescent it replaces.

    It may be that the light is more directed and doesn't go to waste lighting up the inside of the fixture. It may be that in the common sizes like 48" T12, the LED replacements are better developed and they emit as much or more light than the fluorescent. All I know is there seemed to be no efficiency gain available in the size I wanted.
     
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    Sawarow Gold Supporting Member

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    We replaced 2 t12 40w fluorescent tubes with the leds and they are brighter than the fluorescents
     
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    My work replaced all of the fluorescent lights with LED lights. I work in a machine shop. It’s a lot brighter, the lights are more focused in certain areas. Maybe should have put diffusers in.
     
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    What is the cost of these LED tubes?
     
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    Was thinking of doing it in my lab.
    Florescent bulbs cause a bunch of noise when troubleshooting amps.
     
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    Would you need to replace the entire fixture to achieve a benefit? I mean, if the LED replacement installs in the same fixture which still contains the ballast, will the ballast continue to generate noise?
     
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    The Pup Supporting Member

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    It takes minutes. You should consider bypassing tha ballast and installing new bayonets if you are converting an older installation.

    Bright and clear.

    Hyperikon T8 T10 T12 LED Light Tube, 4FT, Dual-End Powered, Easy Ballast Removal Installation, 18W (48W equivalent), 2320 Lumens, 4000K (Daylight Glow), Clear Cover, DLC & UL
     
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    Good golly! Now we’re tube rolling in our lighting fixtures? When does it end?
     
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    Ive done a couple and was very pleased. Ballasts get removed and the light output is dramatically increased.
     
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    I retro fitted a bunch of lights at work with LEDS, we had to put in different ballasts for the flouro conversions. But, the running joke is I'll never have to do it again. They look nice and considering most lights at my work are never turned off, we'll see how lomg they last.
     
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    What will happen if I just throw in LED tubes?
     
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    Minte *except for a few minor scratches* Gold Supporting Member

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    We updated our offices last year with LED's and ended up having to add dimmers in everyone's office. You could do surgery under them.
     
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    I did my garage shop this summer, using the kind that direct wire to the line voltage...no ballast. Brighter & better, no complaints! As a bonus, they work at low temperatures, which fluorescent tubes won't.

    My indoor shop is next, for sure.
     
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    The nice thing about the LEDs is that they usually have a much higher CRI than fluorescent, which is great for a work shop-type area. If am remembering correctly, the ones in my garage and my shop are 5000k daylight. Super clear and bright.
     
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    Did the florescent->LED swap in the kitchen and garage - love it!
     
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  20. FiestaRed

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    Agreed. Warmer light
     
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