Frequent question: Do you have to remove the ballast for LED lights?

Do you have to take out ballast for LED lights?

A ballast regulates the current that’s coming at a lamp. … A ballast for Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights is not required – instead a driver is required. There are two types of ballasts we deal with for existing fluorescent lights- magnetic and electronic.

Can I bypass the ballast for plug and play LED lights?

Since LED lights work on low DC voltage, they need a driver. Most T8 LED tubes do not need a ballast. So, if you are going to install a T8 LED tube light, it will require a ballast bypass unless you choose a ballast compatible T8 LED tube.

Can a ballast compatible LED be used 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.

Can I replace my fluorescent tubes with LED?

Yes, you can replace fluorescent tubes with LED tubes or LED integrated fixtures. … As long as the bulb is compatible with the existing fluorescent ballast in the fixture, you simply remove the fluorescent and replace it with the LED tube light.

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Can you direct wire plug and play LED tubes?

You can start by using it like a plug-and-play lamp and then, when the ballast fails, you can direct wire it to line voltage. The lamp snaps into the existing fixture without any wiring modifications meaning installation can be done by virtually anyone.

Are plug and play LED lights safe?

Safety. There are two safety concerns with plug-and-play LED bulbs and tubes. … With plug-and-play T5 and T8 LED tubes, there is a different safety issue – a risk of electrical shock. The problem is in what are called “Type A” LED tubes.

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