The efficient technology of led light has taken over as a compact lighting solution over the past decade and rightly so for being the most versatile, efficient and low maintenance lighting technology there is. As the consumer market is getting more aware of environment and pocket friendly options they are naturally upgrading to led lighting technology.
LED lights have various commercial, residential and industrial applications. And with fast progressing lighting technology they have proved to be the most viable choice being easily customisable and eco-friendly. As for residential applications, LED tubes are available with retro-fit kits or integrated LED components under different specifications. Most of the retro-fit led tubes are available under safety standards UL Type A and UL Type B.
In homes, these LED tube fixtures are generally used to light hallways, corridors and rooms with old fixtures which are not much compatible with modern fixtures. LED tubes are available in three different sizes based on old fluorescent fixtures which are T5, T8 and T12. They mostly replace G5 and G13 fluorescent bases. The manufacturer’s of retro-fit LED tubes design them keeping these specifications in mind or else it’s of no use and one might as well upgrade to LED fixtures directly.
When it comes to the indoor environment, one should focus on the type of lighting they want to introduce in order to set up the ambiance. Generally categorised as task, accent or decorative lighting; all three compliments each other when placed correctly serving their respective purpose.
LED tubes provide uniform bright light covering a relatively large area as compared to other fixtures. Before you choose the light fixtures you should learn the key features of the type of light fixture you are opting for which are:
- Light Output (Lumens)
- Power Consumption (Watt)
- Lumens per Watt (Efficacy)
- Color Accuracy (CRI > 80)
- Color Temperature
And your general requirement which is:
- Light appearance
- Color rendering
LED tubes render these qualities efficiently and by reducing your overall cost on replacing or maintaining these fixtures. Before you opt for T8 led tubes you should learn the key design of these tubes and whether they are compatible with your fixture. As issued and manufactured under safety standards T8 led tubes are:
- Direct wire/ UL Type A: installed directly in the fixture without any technical issues, runs directly off the voltage line which is hazardous. They have a minor drawback of increased maintenance cost.
- Direct bypass/ UL Type B: this requires bypass of the ballast which can be assisted by a technician. Most of these tubes are single or double ended with live or neutral ends on either one side or opposite sides. The socket must be Non-Shunted or T12. If you already have a T12 fixture, you already have the required hardware. The input side sockets of the T8 fixture must be modified to Non-Shunted Rapid Start T12 sockets because in T8 sockets there is a circular conductor that does not allow them to separate the line or the circuit.
LED lighting provides energy-saving, long-lasting , high-quality color rendering lighting which drives the marketplace of today. So they have upgraded to general use LED lighting, guided, decorative lighting, and a number of other applications.