As LED lighting continues to become an industry standard across the lighting industry, fluorescent tube lights are also seeing an increase in demand for LED retrofitting or replacement. Fluorescent tube lights have long been an industry staple, frequently used in hotels, commercial office buildings, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, warehouses, and parking garages. However, with the growing demand for LED lights, you may be wondering if it’s time for an upgrade. When it comes to replacing your fluorescent tube lights with LEDs, there are a number of light bulb options at your disposal.
Fluorescent lighting fixtures are relatively expensive and challenging to replace since they are frequently installed into ceilings and connected to primary energy sources. Therefore, it is usually more cost-effective to utilize the same fluorescent fixture with an LED alternative light in place of the fluorescent tube. To properly retrofit an LED tube light, it is crucial to understand the different types of replacement options on the market. Manufacturers have created many types of fluorescent tube replacements over the years to accommodate the different sizes and types of fixtures, including T8 and T12 tubes. Read on as we break down some of the more popular fluorescent tube replacement options.
Fluorescent Tubes to LED Retrofit Tubes
When looking at the lighting market today, there are many LED replacement tubes designed to be compatible with the fluorescent fixtures you are already using. This option only requires minimal rewiring to connect a ballast, but once done, your lights will become significantly more efficient and cost-effective. No matter what size or type of fluorescent lighting fixture you have, an LED retrofit option is available to help you make the switch.
Fluorescent Tubes to LED Strips
Strip LEDs are also an inexpensive replacement option that offers flexibility to your replacement project. Strip LEDs require no rewiring or ballast, making them simple to install. They also use an external driver, granting them better airflow and heat dissipation. Many LED strip options offer impressive light output, so you won’t have to sacrifice crucial brightness in your space. They also have a 50,000-hour average lamp life, so you can rest easy knowing your lights aren’t dying anytime soon.
Fluorescent tube fixture to T8 fixture + LED Tubes
Replacing your fluorescent tube fixtures with more modern LED light fixtures may be more expensive and time-consuming upfront, but you will save time and money in the long run. These modern fixtures also provide a cleaner and updated look to your space. When you replace your fluorescent tubes with modern LED fixtures, you will run into fewer restrictions in the future, and you can customize your lights more to suit the needs of your space.
Fluorescent Tubes to LED Panel of Troffer Replacement
LED panels or troffer lights is an ideal solution for those replacing fixtures in suspended grid ceilings. Panels and troffers can also be installed on flat ceilings, providing a sleek and modern look. Another benefit of panels and troffers that you don’t get with other tube replacements, is more evenly dispersed light and no visible dim or dark spots, which are common in most tube alternatives. This option also provides an average lamp life of 50,000 hours and up to 7800 lumens per 2x4 fixture.
Still not sure which LED light replacement is right for you? Our lighting experts at Shine Retrofits can talk you through our wide range of options and advise you on the best LED tube light replacement for your space. Give us a call at 1-877-643-4534 anytime Monday through Friday, from 6 am to 6 pm, Mountain Standard Time.