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.
Is it worth replacing fluorescent tubes with LED?
You could save a lot of money on energy by replacing your fluorescent bulbs with LEDs. They keep cooling costs down – You also may be able to trim down your cooling expenses as well. Fluorescent lights don’t generally produce a lot of heat, at least not as much as HID lamps, but they do burn hotter than LEDs.
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.
Do T8 LED 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.
Will ballast compatible LED tubes work without a ballast?
If the LED tube is not compatible with your ballast, you would then need to replace your ballast in addition to the T8 LED tube. … The T8 LED tube won’t work without the ballast, so you are forced to continue buying and replacing ballasts as long as you have an LED tube that is ONLY ballast dependent.
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.