Have the cost of fluorescent tube bulbs gone up lately?


  #1  
Old 06-02-21, 11:36 AM
A
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 206
Upvotes: 0
Received 4 Upvotes on 2 Posts
Have the cost of fluorescent tube bulbs gone up lately?

Needed to replace some 8 footers and they were over $17 a pair. I don't think they were over $10 a year or two ago. Do they make LED replacements for them?
 
  #2  
Old 06-02-21, 11:54 AM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,451
Received 4,051 Upvotes on 3,634 Posts
They are being phased out of production.
Yes... they do make 8' LED replacements.

With those you need to do some rewiring and remove the ballast. I got a set of 4 from amazon for 49.00 shipped. I'm very satisfied with them.
 
2john02458 voted this post useful.
  #3  
Old 06-02-21, 01:17 PM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 27,979
Received 2,229 Upvotes on 1,988 Posts
Yes, everything has gotten noticeably more expensive in the past year and fluorescent bulbs are no exception. Add in their scarcity as manufacturers stop making them and I expect the price will continue to rise.

A few years ago I switched most of my fluorescents over to LED. I won't even bother trying to fix a fluorescent anymore since converting to LED is so quick and easy.
 
2john02458 voted this post useful.
  #4  
Old 06-02-21, 01:42 PM
A
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 206
Upvotes: 0
Received 4 Upvotes on 2 Posts
With those you need to do some rewiring and remove the ballast.
I have a few lights with new tubes that don't work. Bad ballast? Might be a good time to convert. Do the LED's make noise like the florescents?
 
  #5  
Old 06-02-21, 02:19 PM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 9,745
Received 1,210 Upvotes on 1,098 Posts
Do the LED's make noise like the florescents?
Nope, and they actually work in the winter!

Twelve years ago I installed (8) 8' 95 watt HO fluorescents in the garage and I can remember turning them on the first night and thinking, my god this is amazing.

As the bulbs were burning out I converted them all to LED's and when I turned them on the first evening it was like nothing I had ever seen, actually hurt the eyes!

That was 4 years ago, the lights still burn bright, they work in the dead of winter, no buzz, and I'm sure the electric bill is lower. About the only issue, my garage stereo doesn't work very well when the lights are on, they are an electronic device, but I've adjusted to use the CD player so fair compromise!
 
  #6  
Old 06-02-21, 03:06 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,451
Received 4,051 Upvotes on 3,634 Posts
The newer generation of tubes have far less mercury in them. They require higher voltage to arc.
The magnetic style ballasts don't deliver the amount of start up power needed.
Electronic ballasts work much better with the new tubes.

A typical F-96 (8' tube) would have consumed 96 watts of power with a little bit more for the ballast. I believe the current generation of 8' tubes is listed at 70-75 watts. So each tube consumes approx 90 watts each.
The replacement LED tubes are 40-45 watts...... half the power for more light.
 
  #7  
Old 06-03-21, 04:52 AM
P
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 27,979
Received 2,229 Upvotes on 1,988 Posts
Three years ago I switched the 8' fluorescent tubes in my warehouse to LED. I also have some 4' fixtures that remain on 24/7 for security and so the cameras can see. About 80% of my average power usage is for lighting and switching to LED cut my power bill almost in half.

Previously in winter many of the lights would not lite and I would have to just let them run and glow dimly or flicker and hum and complain until they warmed enough to lite properly. Even then the light was noticeably dimmer and it would take a minute for them to warm and come up to full brightness. The LED's just lite and work. Full light intensity, instant lighting and no sound all on half the power. It's hard not to like them.

And, as a side benefit. If you accidentally hit a LED bulb they may bend or quit working but they don't shatter into thousands of glass shards and bathe you in phosphor powder and mercury.
 
  #8  
Old 06-04-21, 10:56 AM
Z
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 6,124
Received 425 Upvotes on 378 Posts
If you accidentally hit a LED bulb they may bend or quit working but they don't shatter into thousands of glass shards and bathe you in phosphor powder and mercury.
Kids these days just won't know the terror when you hear that distinctive 'pop' and know that there's poison in the air!

I guess it's similar as my generation missed the opportunity to play with radium glow-in-the-dark paint.
 
  #9  
Old 06-04-21, 04:25 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 1,059
Received 81 Upvotes on 76 Posts
Do the LED's make noise like the florescents?
Depends on what you mean by noise! No buzzing magnetic ballasts or the starter 'tink' 'tink' that they good reliable stuff used. But the LED TRASH obliterates any chance of radio reception on both the FM and AM bands!

I for one hate the new China overlords "gimping" the "old" traditional lighting (making less mercury fluorescent tubes that don't last and even modern HID lamps are trash just to make the LED CRAP JUNK and other four letter word that I can't say here! look better then they are!!!!

Lasts 25 years (with a small * which equals if used 3 hours per day even in the spring and summer months it is darker more then 3 hours per day!) what crap stuff that passes off as lighting today!

How about all of the energy and fuel swapping the good stuff for LED CRAP that fails before it is supposed to and then doing it again when it fails! and the wasted energy shipping this imported CRAP and then land fill fodder when it fails and the good reliable stuff ends up as scrap metal!

Such CRAP today lighting and appliances

</RANT>
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: