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"LED Tube VS fluorescent tube"

The “LED fluorescent tube" is a misnomer.

The differences between fluorescent lights and LED lights are very clear. LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes move electrons through a diode which generate light via electroluminescence. Fluorescent lamps create ultraviolet light from electrical discharge via mercury and gas emissions. The term “LED fluorescent tube” refers to an LED tube that is reminiscent of traditional fluorescent tubes, yet the distinctions are major. LED fluorescent lights are commonly confused with compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs. CFLs use the same technology as fluorescent tubes to generate light, but only at a smaller scale. These replace incandescent bulbs commonly found in most home light fixtures. LED fluorescent bulbs have garnered a lot of attention because of their energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

An LED tube is comprised of hundreds of individual diodes. They come in a variety of sizes (2, 4 or 6 ft.), different temperatures (i.e. diverse colors of light) and an array of LEDs. They can be purchased with new fixtures, or used for retrofitting existing fixtures. Additionally, LED fluorescent light fixtures don’t require ballasts, so they will need to be removed when replacing fluorescent bulbs.

When comparing LED fluorescent tubes to fluorescent lights, here are four key specifications you should review:

  • Lumens – This is the unit of measurement of strength of light
  • Watts – A unit of measurement of power consumption. 4 ft. LED fluorescent tubes use more than 32 watts
  • Lifespan – This measures the durability of the bulb. It is measured in hours. 7,500 hours is common for fluorescent tubes whereas 50,000 hours is common for fluorescent LED lights. (this translates to replacing an average of 6.7 fluorescent lights in a lifetime of a single LED tube. Additionally, there is no need for ballasts for LED bulbs, in contrast to fluorescent tubes which require one. A ballast lifetime is approximately 15,000 hours and generally need to be replaced approximately 3.3 times during a lifetime of one LED tube).
  • Color temperature – The color of light is determined by the light temperature. It is measured in units of absolute temperature, or Kelvin (K). 3000K is considered warm (redder), 4100K is considered neutral, while 5800K is cooler (blue).

Another variance is that fluorescent tubes contain hazardous material like mercury and phosphor which present health and environmental risks, while fluorescent LED bulbs do not contain any harmful ingredients. These are only a few contrasts between the two technologies. Yet, LED technology is still undergoing major developments and the advantages to LED will be more obvious as time goes on.

In fact, we believe that within the next 10 years LED fluorescent lights will replace all conventional lights.

We believe that within the next 10 years LED lights will replace all conventional lights

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