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Re: Solar lights for the barn
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2018, 05:53:44 AM »
This thread has enlightened me. Thanks. Never knew about LED fluorescent tubes .
Well they aren't Fluoro tubes, just a string of LEDs with some control circuitry, wired up in the shape of an old school fluoro tube.
But with modern LEDs, the efficiency of the new lamps is quite an bit better than Fluoro tubes.  And assuming they are designed properly they should last for years. Suspiciously cheap ones either skimp on the driver circuitry, or "overdrive" the LED chips so they die early. 
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Re: Solar lights for the barn
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2018, 07:24:21 AM »
be careful when searching LED tubes. there are 3 types.

direct replacement: remove fluorescent bulb and put in LED. This requires a working ballast
power 2 ends: this removes the ballast from the light fixture and has power to each end of the tube
powered 1 end: this also removes the ballast but is only powered on 1 end.

my opinion the last option is the best option. easiest to wire and get rid of all the bad ballasts in your lights. plus best for energy saving.

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2018, 10:51:23 AM »
For 5 bucks a bulb I'm picking up a box of the direct replacement  and then take it from there. Thanks for the info.
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Re: Solar lights for the barn
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2018, 06:29:41 PM »
powered 1 end: this also removes the ballast but is only powered on 1 end.


Ok... How can a light light with only one wire?
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2018, 07:46:48 AM »
2 pins on one end.

If you are going to run these and want to put it into the same fixture you currently have you need non shunted tombstones. (the white things the bulbs clip into)

most led tubes will come with them.

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« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2018, 09:04:52 AM »
When you replace the florescent lights with the no ballast leds are there any temperature concerns? In my unheated garage the fluorescents don't work to well when it gets really cold.  
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« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2018, 09:34:00 AM »
none at all my garage spends plenty of time at 30 degrees and they light right up no problem. I would highly recommend even if the ballasts are good replace the fluorescent with no ballast LED. the ballasts will fail eventually.

then you will also have spare ballasts for the light you do not convert right away


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