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LED Tube Lights
The contemporary alternative to the fluorescent lamp
If your flickering fluorescent tube light has seen better days, it’s time to upgrade to ultra-modern LED tube lights. Not only are they cost-effective, they’re energy-efficient and last longer too.
What are LED tube lights?
The terms LED tube lights and LED tubes covers all LED lamps that replace conventional fluorescent lamps. These are primarily:
T5 G5 tubes with a pin spacing of 5 mm and 16 mm tube Ø
T8 G13 tubes with a pin spacing of 13 mm and 26 mm tube Ø
Also, the length of the LED tube lights differs, just like they do in the classic fluorescent lights. Standard lengths are 60, 90, 120 and 150 cm.
Why is it worth switching to LED tubes?
Switching to LED tube lighting technology brings several advantages, which are particularly effective depending on the place of use, including:
Reduced energy consumption
High switching strength
Long service life
Immediately full light output
In utility rooms, you benefit from hardly ever having to replace the tube light.
High switching stability and immediate full light prove their worth in the bathroom, among other places.
In commercial use, low energy consumption helps you to lower your carbon footprint.
How can I convert to LED tubes?
Choosing the right LED tube lights means you’re going to have to do your homework. Some of the things you’re going to need to know are the:
Base size, e.g. T8 G13
Length, e.g. 120 cm
Light colour, e.g. daylight (6,500 Kelvin)
Brightness, e.g. 2,400 lumens
But that’s not all.
Since LED tubes have a higher luminous efficacy of around 100 lumens per watt, the lumen value is decisive for the brightness specification. If you still calculate in watts, pay attention to the comparative value printed on the packaging and in the product description of every light source.
When buying LED tube lights, it’s also crucial to choose the right light colour for the place of use, for example:
Warm white (<3,300 Kelvin) for living rooms, e.g. in designer lights with a tube socket
Universal white (3,300 - 5,300 Kelvin) for corridors, kitchens, workrooms, etc.
Daylight (>5,300 Kelvin) in storage and utility rooms, as well as stairwells and garages
You also need to know the type of ballast the LED tube is going to be operated with. This differs from light to light, which is why you should always check whether your new LED tube lighting is compatible before replacing your old one.
For example, plug-and-play lights are designed to operate on electronic ballast (EB), which can be installed on EB in minutes without rewiring. Other lights are suitable for operation on low-loss ballast (LLB), conventional ballast (CCG) or 230V mains voltage or are compatible with all three ballasts at the same time.
If in doubt, it’s worth asking us for our expert advice. By the way: Due to its mercury content, old fluorescent lights must be handed in at a hazardous waste collection point and mustn’t be disposed of with household waste. When replaced, LED tube lights are considered electrical waste and must also be handed in.
Which LED tube is used ...
... depends on the installed light and the place of application.
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