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Discuss Fluorescent to LED replacement tubes in the Lighting Forum area at ElectriciansForums.net

electricloopy

EF Member
Got a few 4'(1200mm) fluorescent tubes with ballast and starters.

Although the lumen will be lower using LED, I assume the ballast and starter is by-passed.

Also assume to use the SMD range of LED tubes.

thanks
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
Respected Member
bin the starter and ballast. feed L to 1 end and N to other end of LED tube ( some tubes want L and N to 1 end and nothing to other, see instructions ), and the light qualityand output will be better as long as you select the correct wattage/type of LED.
 

Flanders

Regular EF Member
As above but Some LED tubes come with a unit ( looks like a starter )that goes where the starter goes , for these tubes you leave the ballast in place.
 

westward10

In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream.
Staff member
Moderator
Probably cheaper to totally replace with LED battens.
 

DefyG

Regular EF Member
As above but Some LED tubes come with a unit ( looks like a starter )that goes where the starter goes , for these tubes you leave the ballast in place.
I've used this type but you don't need to leave the ballast in place. Where the ballast unit has failed and we have upgraded to LED the ballast has just been removed from the circuit.
 

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