LED Tube Lights: Are They a Good Option for You?

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Time to Switch to LED Tube Lights?

LED tube lights are an excellent alternative to standard fluorescent lights, especially in a commercial or industrial setting. They are ideal for warehouses, garages, production centers, storage areas and fabrication plants.

Advantages of LED Tube Lights

Like regular LED light bulbs, LED tube lights have many advantages over standard light bulbs.

• High energy efficiency: An LED tube light can slash your energy bill up to 50%.
• Improved color rendering: LED bulbs to render color clearly. You and your workers will see materials in their true colors.
• Long life: A typical LED tube light can last up to 50,000 hours. Note, this number refers to typical use, which may not be what you use, especially in an industrial setting. It’s still considerably longer than the life of a regular bulb.
• Durability: LED bulbs are durable and shatterproof. You can use them safely around chemicals and caustic substances. That makes them ideal for commercial and industrial settings.

Types of LED Tube Lights

Electronic ballast: This type of tube is also known as a Type A or plug-and-play bulb. It’s a new tube light that works with electronic ballasts. This is the most popular LED tube type because it works in any ballast tube. On the downside, it has a higher upfront cost than other tube lights.

Hybrid: This will work with both ballast and non-ballast light fixtures. It can be wired directly and will work with all installation types.

Universal LED tube: This is the easiest tube light to install. It works with any existing technology and allows for an immediate switch with no downtime. It also has a high upfront cost.

Which one is right for you? The best way to figure out what’s right for your installation is to consult with an experienced electrician.

Convert Fluorescent Lights to LED Tube Bulbs

In commercial settings, replacing your fluorescent lights with LED tubes can help you save money. Fluorescent lights are the most popular choice for offices, warehouses, and other commercial settings, but LED tubes are a cost-efficient, versatile alternative.

Here are some tips for making the switch.

  • Choose the lighting level: To get the right level of illumination, remember that LED bulbs use lumens to measure light output. Most modern LED bulbs list the wattage equivalent on their packaging. You can find bulbs for every light level you need.
  • Select warm or cool light: LED bulbs come in cool or warm light. Cool lighting is an excellent choice for offices and warehouses because it helps people stay alert and focused. Bright, warm lighting is good for garages, parking lots, and other areas you want to flood with light.
  • Check your fixtures: Replacing your light fixtures is expensive and inconvenient. Fortunately, most LED tubes will fit in your existing fluorescent fixtures. No special wiring is needed. If you have older fixtures, you may have to use LED tubes with a ballast bypass. The bypass allows you to use the fluorescent tube fixture without a ballast circuit. In this setup, the wiring goes directly through the line of voltage.

Get Expert Advice from SESCOS

LED tube lights are an excellent alternative to fluorescent lights, but you must choose the right ones. For help with all your commercial and industrial lighting, contact SESCOS today.

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