Can you put LED bulbs in a t8 fixture?

Do I need to remove the ballast to use an LED bulb?

A plug and play LED is a fixture where you can install LED bulbs to what was once a fluorescent bulb. This is an easy solution and requires minimal effort on your part. Since it works with the existing ballast, there is no need for rewiring or ballast removal.

Are T8 and T12 LED bulbs interchangeable?

T8 tubes are simply 1 inch in diameter versus the 1.5 inch diameter of T12 tubes. In an effort to make LED tube lights compatible with the internal dimensions of most fixtures, you will find that most LED tube lights feature a T8 or 1 inch diameter. They can indeed be used in T12 fixtures.

Are T8 fluorescent bulbs being discontinued?

Even some T8 lamps have been phased out. US Congress has enacted legislation to prohibit the manufacture of these and other inefficient lighting technologies, and is calling for manufacturers to meet minimum efficiency requirements and lumens per watt for new products.

Do LED T8 bulbs need a ballast?

Most T8 LED bulbs do not need a ballast. The only type of LED tube that does require a ballast is plug-and-play tubes. Used as a direct replacement for a fluorescent tube in a fixture, plug-and-play LED tube lights are installed without any rewiring to the fixture, keeping the fluorescent ballast.

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How do I replace fluorescent bulbs with LED?

Type A – LED tube has an Integrated Driver for use on Existing Fluorescent Ballast. Type A LED tubes need an existing T8 electronic ballast to operate. If you have T8 electronic ballasts this makes installation very easy. All you need to do is remove the existing T8 fluorescent lamp and install a new T8 LED Type A lamp …

Why are my LED T8 lights dim?

LED bulbs can lose their brightness due to premature aging, bad internal components like a capacitor or LED arrays, or the common cause of loose wiring. Heavy load appliances on the circuit can also cause that LED lights are dim.

What’s better T5 or T8?

If you do not need as many lumens, the lesser wattage T8 would be the better choice since it offers lower lumen and watt consumption. If you need higher levels of lighting, the T5 might be ideal for your situation.

What happens if you put a T12 bulb in a T8 fixture?

If you place T12 tubes in a fixture with a T8 ballast, you will wear out the ballast and have to replace it. If you place T8 tubes in a fixture with a T12 ballast, then the tubes will have a shorter life due to a higher current through the tube.

How do you convert a T12 fluorescent bulb to LED?

If you’re converting your existing T12 lamps to LED, you have six options to choose from:

  1. Install ballast-bypass linear LED lamps. …
  2. Install plug-and-play magnetic and electronic ballast-compatible linear LEDs. …
  3. Install electronic ballast-compatible linear LEDs and a new electronic ballast.
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Can I use a T8 bulb in a T10 fixture?

Registered. The bulbs will fit. T12, T10, T8 and T6 all come in the same standard lengths.