LED Replacement Tubes Light the Way to Big Lighting-Maintenance Savings

While LED fixtures are becoming the top choice, versus fluorescent 
models, in new construction and major renovation efforts, millions of 
existing fluorescent troffers are still operating in schools and offices
 across the United States. The newest of these likely feature 
energy-efficient T5 or T5HO lamps, and owners might not yet be ready to 
think about complete replacement of these fixtures. However, new LED 
tube lamps offer plug-and-play compatibility with fluorescent units, so 
owners can gain the energy savings and maintenance-cost reductions LED 
lamps can provide. Topaz

Chuck Ross

While LED fixtures are becoming the top choice, versus fluorescent models, in new construction and major renovation efforts, millions of existing fluorescent troffers are still operating in schools and offices across the United States. The newest of these likely feature energy-efficient T5 or T5HO lamps, and owners might not yet be ready to think about complete replacement of these fixtures. However, new LED tube lamps offer plug-and-play compatibility with fluorescent units, so owners can gain the energy savings and maintenance-cost reductions LED lamps can provide.

The plug-and-play design means these LED replacement tubes feature internal drivers, so their base pins snap into the fixture just like a standard fluorescent tube, without any added wiring required. And they don’t have to be installed all at once – products can be ordered that match the color and brightness of surrounding fixtures, so the new LED lamps can be installed whenever existing fluorescent units need replacing. Standard color temperatures of 3500K, 4000K and 5000K are generally available.

The energy savings might not be huge with this switch to LED technology, though it could add up in larger facilities. A real savings, though comes with the significantly longer lifespan of LED replacement models – LED lamps come with a rated life of 50,000 hours, compared to 30,000 to 35,000 for fluorescents. This difference can mean significantly lower lighting-maintenance costs without the need to change out fixtures.

As a safety consideration, look for replacement lamps with an exterior PET coating. This polyester material, also found on some fluorescent tubes, keeps lamps from shattering if they’re dropped. The coating holds glass and interior components in place for safe cleanup and disposal.


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