LED T8 Tubes – OMWLights(China)
LED T8 tube lights are designed to physically fit in fixtures intended for?T8 fluorescent tubes. Some LED tube lamps are intended to be a drop-in replacement into existing fixtures. Others require rewiring of the fixtures to remove the ballast. An LED tube lamp generally uses many individual?LEDs?which are directional. LED T8 tube lights available in the lengths of 2, 4, 6, and 8feet.
Features of LED T8 Tube lights:
1. OMWLIGHTS LED T8 tube lights are available in a variety of PC cover types (frosted and clear) and colors.
2. Aluminum heat sink?– Heat sinks are important for LED lights as LEDs operate best when heat is efficiently conducted away. Aluminum is one of the best conductors of heat that helps prolong the life of the lighting device by preventing overheating.
3. Mercury free?–The presence of mercury is a major drawback of fluorescent tube lights. Fluorescent tubes need to be disposed safely but safe disposal facilities may not be handy. Carrying a five foot long tube to a disposal facility located 10 to 30 miles away is not exactly a practical proposition.
4. No ballast required- Ballasts are needed to provide the striking voltage to Fluorescent devices. The ballast adds to the cost of lighting. It also increases power consumption and is also one additional piece of equipment that adds to the failure risk of the fluorescent tube. LEDs on the other hand can work on low voltage currents.
5. Shock and vibration resistant?– Solid state lights are easy to carry and install. They do not have fragile electric elements that might snap due to vibrations nor are they made of glass that can create risk of breakage and laceration injury.
OMWLIGHTS suggest customer to use ballast free tube lights. Because these work on low voltages and use less electricity. It may however be necessary to rewire the tube light holder to eliminate the existing ballast from the electric circuit. If you do not want to rewire the tube light holder retro‐fit kits are available with us for direct replacement of fluorescent fixtures. It is possible to include a circuit in the LED tubes design that will nullify the changes made to the electric current by the ballast. LED tubes that are used with ballasts consume slightly more electricity than ballast free tubes.
Here are the steps to replace old T-8 linear fluorescent bulbs as follows:
1: Turn off the electricity. The “lock-out, tag-out” approach is safest—turn off the breaker that supplies power to that fixture. Also make sure you wear eye protection—this is especially important should an old fluorescent bulb shatter while you are removing it.
2: You may need to remove a fixture cover to expose them. In some states, fluorescent bulbs are considered hazardous material. They contain mercury, and should not be thrown in the trash but must be taken to a disposal center.
3: Remove the cover from the ballast and wires and unscrew the ballast from the unit. Remove the ballast from the fixture wires, leaving enough of the black (typically “hot” or energized) and white (typically neutral) wires from the center to reach the socket wires. We threw the old ballasts in the trash.
4: Next, connect the fixture and socket wires together, then replace the wiring cover. The most straightforward way to rewire the fixture is to twist the wires together with the properly sized wire nuts. In our case, there were two yellow wires on the left side; and two reds and two blues on the right side. Regardless of the colors, the important thing is to put all the wires from one side together securely with one of the leads from the center, and all of the wires from the other side together with the other lead.
5: Take the LED bulbs out of their packaging, peel off the protective plastic, and remove the tip guards. Install the bulbs as you would a fluorescent T-8, inserting each end into the slots and twisting to lock each into the receptacle, with the LED string facing down. All bulbs should be tightly seated.
6: Return to the breaker box, remove your note, and turn on the breaker. Test the light and replace the cover, if your fixture has one. If in the future someone mistakenly installs fluorescent bulbs into the fixture, the bulbs won’t work, but won’t be harmed. It’s a lot like what happens when the ballast dies on an old fluorescent fixture—no light. Just in case, consider placing a sticker on the wiring cover noting that the fixture is wired for LED only and has no ballast.