However, as the two technologies have a number of differences, it is not that straightforward to convert fluorescent light fixtures to LED lighting. You will need to have a good understanding of the current infrastructure to make sure that the fluorescent tube replacements are suitable and of the right fit. The LED tubes will only work when they are compatible with the current features.
In this guide, we will talk about the important things you need to know when converting your fluorescent fixtures to LED lighting.
To determine the exact diameter of the fluorescents you have, you should check the label found at the end of the tube. If you are not able to find the label, you can just take the necessary measurements on your own. For example, the T8 LED lamps with one-inch diameter are usually the best and most popular option. Many of the LED bulbs can be used interchangeably as long as they have similar bi-pin connections and the right milliamp requirements.
Most people convert to LED lamps as they have a brighter light, longer lifespan, and much more energy efficient. Yet, it can be a little more complicated to replace the fluorescent light fixtures, as the technologies are not really compatible by themselves. It is ideal to use the same fixtures due to both time and cost considerations of converting the fluorescent lights. Unfortunately, at times it is necessary to do an expensive conversion before the new tubes can function well on the current infrastructure. In general, many of these challenges are why some people choose not to replace their fluorescent lighting.
When you take into consideration the number of conversion choices available today, LED technology has definitely come of age. If you already have T8 fluorescent fixtures and tubes built in, it is not difficult to swap the bulbs with LED bulbs without having to undergo a ballast bypass. Furthermore, no rewiring is needed. However, it is not that efficient to use a current fluorescent fixture, as the ballast has to be changed before the LED. This is cheaper than replacing the lamp holders, but requires more maintenance.