Replacing Flourescent Lights with LED Lights


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Old 07-13-20, 12:10 PM
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Replacing Flourescent Lights with LED Lights

In 1975 I bought three flourescent lights, each with two 40-watt tubes, and hung them in my garage. After a few tube replacements the lights still work fine but I was thinking about replacing them with LED versions.
Each flourescent light has two 48-inch tubes at 40 watts per tube. What LED fixtures should I buy to get the same amount of light from each fixture?
 
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I have been using these lights in my warehouse with good luck. They are line (120 VAC) powered so you can get rid of your fluorescent ballast. Their color temperature (4'000k) is a bit on the cool side so it's a bright, crisp white I find good when doing detail work. If looking for something in your kitchen I would look around 3'000k but for a garage or workshop I find 4'000k to be good.
 
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You can keep the same fixtures and just update to LED replacement tubes.
The replacement tubes are T-8's and will fit in those older T12 sockets.
You can get the tubes that allow you to keep the ballasts or the style where you remove the ballasts.
The tubes that don't require a ballast are the best choice as there is no power loss thru the ballast.
They do require some basic rewiring.
 
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Thank you for your quick reply! I'm looking for T8 LED bulbs that do not require a ballast and I found some at a True-Value store. IF they have a lower color temperature than the current T12 fluorescent bulbs, that is.
 
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They come in all temperatures. They may just not stock them at Ace.
They do have them at Lowes and Depot.
 
 

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