For many years, fluorescent tube lights were the number one choice for lighting indoor commercial spaces. They have quality light output and a decent lifespan. But over the years, LED tube lights became an increasingly popular alternative due to several economic and environmental reasons.
Benefits of Replacing Fluorescent Tube Lights With LED Lights
Let’s take a look at the benefits of using LED tube lights:
- Better efficiency – LED tube lights are around 30% more efficient than fluorescents. They’re one of the most energy-efficient lights since their effectiveness reaches an impressive 80-90%. It means a vast majority of the power becomes light instead of heat. When it comes to incandescent bulbs, they convert 80% of their energy to heat. That is why their effectiveness count is only 20%. You can use LED tubes all over your flat or home, and even just after a year, you will notice the return of your investment.
- Less expensive to run – LED tubes allow you to save up to 65% on energy bills. For example, a LED bulb will use as little as 5 watts of power to produce the same amount of light that a filament bulb would do with 40 watts. So, after using LED lights for a month, you will notice the difference in your electric bills.
- Lifespan – LED tube lights can last up to 30,000 hours, three times longer than a standard fluorescent tube (10,000 – 12,000 hours). With this, you can save the money you had to spend to maintain or replace the lights. A LED tube can last as long as up to ten years when used correctly (meaning six to eight hours per day). What is more, they do not burn out as time goes by, as is the case with incandescents and halogens. Also, they do not lose brightness as you use them – they work the same.
- Quality lighting – LEDs produce light in various colour temperatures, including one that is similar to fluorescents but without flickering issues. To achieve multiple shades or colours when using incandescents, you have to use filters or gels. Unfortunately, some tend to fade or even burn out after some time. When it comes to LED tubes, you can instantly have different colour temperatures.
- Environment-Friendly – Unlike their fluorescent counterparts, LED tubes contain no mercury. This means they are easy to recycle and do not need special disposing. Also, the greenhouse gas emission is more negligible in the case of LED tubes when compared to incandescent and fluorescents. To be exact, they produce the same luminosity by emitting 80% fewer greenhouse gases, which is very significant to people searching for solutions that can help us save the planet.
- Directional Lighting – LED tubes offer directional light and produce a beam angle of 240 degrees, unlike fluorescent tubes with multi-directional light. This means some light is lost in the fixtures and other unnecessary places (such as the ceiling).
Tips When Upgrading to LED Lights
Although the initial costs of LED tubes may be higher than that of fluorescent tubes, the savings that could be made over the long term are substantial. If you have a conventional magnetic ballast, remove the starter from your fixture, and replace it with the LED starter. The LED starter is included with the LED tubes. If you have an existing electronic ballast, you do not need a starter, but you will have to rewire and bypass the ballast. We advise you to contact a professional electrician to help you. To avoid this procedure, we encourage you to choose an LED tube in 2FT, 4FT, and 5FT, specifically designed to work with electronic ballasts with no need to rewire.
LED lights have so many benefits to pass up. So, if you’re looking for premium-quality LED lights, visit our website and shop there!