Understanding which LED's will work for your project
We get the question all the time, will your LED tubes replace our T8, T10, T12 fluorescent lights. The T5, T8, T10 and T12 call outs on fluorescent lights are used to tell what diameter the tube is as the below picture illustrates. Our LED replacement tubes will replace any T8, T10 or T12 tube as long as you pick the correct connector type and length. The T5 has a smaller connector than the T8, T10 or T12, so the T5 LED replacements will need to be repalced by a T5 LED tube.
The most important thing you will need to look at is the length of your existing light and the type of connector it has on the end. Pictured below are the types of connectors that we offer replacement LED tubes for.
G13 connectors are used in out 4ft LED replacement tubes. This style connector will replace fluorescent two pin 4ft tubes.
FA8 connectors are used in out 8ft LED replacement tubes. This style connector will replace fluorescent single pin 8ft tubes.
R17D or HO connectors are used in out 8ft LED replacement tubes. This style connector will replace fluorescent HO 8ft tubes.
*Note - The R17D standard connector is horizontal and will not turn, so please make sure your fixtures is horizontal. If your fixture is vertical please pick the rotational connector option.
Wattage, Brightness and Power Savings
Our LED lights produce more light or lumens per watt than a fluorescent tube. Fluorescent tubes also start losing brightness or lumens with age, whereas LED tube brightness or lumens remain the same with age. You can compare the lumen output of your fluorescent tube to our LED tubes or you can use the below comparison guide.
- 22W LED tube will be comparable to a 36W Fluorescent
- 28W LED tube will be comparable to a 46W Fluorescent
- 45W LED tube will be comparable to a 75W Fluorescent
- 72W LED tube will be comparable to a 120W Fluorescent
The power savings can be calculated by figuring the existing fluorescent wattage divided by the replacement LED wattage to show percentage of power savings for that replacement. For example, you have one 75W fluorescent tubes and your replace it with one 45W LED tubes. The amount of power being used for this application will be
45W(LED) / 75W(fluorescent) = 0.6 1 - 0.6 = 0.4 or 40% reduction in power usage.
Also to consider that fluorescent ballast have a power factor that is not equal to 1. If this is the case, the fluorescent fixture will be using more or less power than the bulb actually calls out for.
Picking the Right White or Color Temperature / Kelvin
When picking the color of white always go by the Kelvin number and not by the name of the color. The name of the white color changes from type of light and manufacturer so a cool white may mean one thing in fluorescents and something different in the LED world. Our standard tube that is offered is the 6000k cold white which is our brightest white that is very crisp. When working in an office area or body shop you may want to drop down to our 4000k natural white that is not as bright and crisp, but more of a natural looking light. Our 3000k warm lights have a very relaxing yellowish tint to them. Listed below is a color chart.
Which Cover to Pick, Clear or Frosted?
We offer two different covers, the clear cover or the frosted cover. Here is our recommendation on which cover to pick. In work areas where the ceilings are higher than 10' or areas where you need as much light as possible we would recommend the clear covers. In office environments or when ceilings are lower than 10' we would recommend the frosted covers. The clear covers will allow you to see each LED and they are pretty bright, so when they are lower or in an office space where they can be seen directly they can be distracting.
Wiring the Lights and Bypassing the Ballast
All of our LED tubes that replace fluorescent tubes will need to have the ballast bypassed. All of our tubes require power on one end of the tube an the opposite end of the tube connect the neutral. If the LED has two pins on the connector, those pins are tied together so you can run your power to either one or both pins and the same with the neutral on the other end of the tube. Below is a link for a general drawing.
These bulbs are recommended for indoor, climate controlled, low humidity environments. The use of U clips or zip ties to secure the center of the bulb in the fixture is suggested.