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If you're looking to replace your fluorescent tubes with LED lighting, you're in the right place. LED lighting is a reliable and energy-efficient lighting application that can help you save money and make general lighting in your home or office more efficient. Shop our LED tubes to learn more about the additional benefits of LED technology and the best LED fluorescent tube replacements for your space.

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Can you replace a fluorescent tube with a LED tube? Does the ballast need to be removed to use an LED bulb?

Yes, it is possible to replace a traditional fluorescent tube with an LED tube. LED tubes offer a number of advantages over traditional fluorescent tubes, including longer lifetimes, using less energy, and better light quality. Additionally, LED tubes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them easy to fit into existing fixtures.

Before replacing a standard fluorescent tube with an LED tube, the type of LED that will work for the fixture that the tubes will be replacing as most fixtures include a ballast for the fluorescents that are currently installed. Three are four different types of LED Tubes including Type A, Type B, Type A+B, and Type C. Each type is explained below:

Type A LED Tubes:

Type A LED tubes are the most common type of LED tube. They are compatible with existing fluorescent fixtures and require no additional wiring or ballasts. They are available in a variety of sizes, making them perfect for any lighting application. These tubes offer good energy savings, long lifespans, and increased safety compared to fluorescent tubes.

Type B LED Tubes or "Direct Wire":

Type B LED tubes are also known as “direct wire” LED tubes and are not ballast compatible. They are wired directly to the line voltage or the power source and require no ballasts or starters. The ballast needs to be disconnected and removed before the LED tube is installed. Type B tubes often require non-shunted socket configurations as well. They are more efficient than Type A LED tubes, offering even greater energy savings. They also have a longer lifespan, making them a more cost-effective solution.

Type A+B LED Tubes:

Type A+B LED tubes are a combination of Type A and Type B LED tubes. They offer the same advantages as both types but require no additional wiring or ballasts. They are the most efficient and cost-effective option when replacing fluorescent tubes. Always be sure to check the ballast compatibility on the LED tube when using as Type A with this application.

Type C LED Tubes:

Type C LED tubes require an external LED driver for operation rather than the existing ballast. A LED driver must be purchased with these tubes to ensure compatibility during installation and bypass the ballast, eliminating compatibility issues and maintenance costs. The remote LED driver allows for controllable dimming with any 0-10V dimmer, allowing you to adjust the wattage to increase or decrease the lumen output.

Discover the Benefits of Plug and Play LED Tubes: Retrofit and Convert Fluorescent Fixtures to LED with LED Tube Lights

Plug and Play LED Tubes have made news in recent years! They are the easiest way to replace fluorescent tubes within fluorescent fixtures and upgrade your space with bright LED light output and are also known as Type A LED tubes. Plug and play tubes are easy to install with the existing fluorescent ballast still installed. It is important to verify the existing fluorescent ballast is compatible with the LED tubes as well. The process is easy as Step 1, 2, and 3.

  1. Turn off power to the light being changed before installation using the switch on the breaker panel.
  2. Remove the fluorescent tubes. Remember - Fluorescent tubes contain mercury and should be disposed of properly.
  3. Install the LED tubes and turn the power back on.

Please make sure to read the instruction manual of the LED tubes and fixture the tubes are being installed into as the above instructions may not be 100% correct per the specific tubes or product.

Can I replace my fluorescent T8 linear bulbs with LEDs? How do I bypass the ballast to install a T8 LED Type B tube?

Replacing your fluorescent T8 linear bulbs with LEDs is a great way to save money and energy. LED technology within LED tubes is more efficient and lasts longer than traditional fluorescent bulbs. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and a range of color temperatures, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your lighting needs.

In order to bypass the ballast for a T8 LED Type B tube, you will need to disconnect the power from the ballast, remove the ballast, and wire the LED tube directly to the power source. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions when disconnecting the power, such as wearing safety glasses and gloves. You should also consult the manufacturer's instructions for any additional safety requirements or steps. An electrician should be consulted as well or hired to complete the job to make sure it is done correctly.

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