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LED light tube products are being sold as easy replacements for your existing fluorescents without having to replace the fixture. However, without the right expertise, you could end up with one or more of the following issues:
It’s also very important not to mix fluorescent and LED tubes in the same fixture. In some cases, the bulbs will not only fail, but could be a hazard.
The bottom line is that most fixtures with fluorescent tubes are not designed for LEDs. LED 4’ tubes work best in fixtures designed for LEDs. Work with an outside expert from the Energy Trust or a Trade Ally lighting contractor when switching from fluorescent to LED lights.
For more information on LED lights visit Energy Trust’s website, or visit the Oregon Department of Energy for more energy information for businesses. For technical details, see these two reports written by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy.