Maybe you have already decided to upgrade to LED T8 tubes, or you're still determining if that's the right choice for you. We will compare between the old fluorescents and new LED. But then, how do you actually install them? We will cover this also.
Are LED T8 tubes more cost efficient in the long run? Let’s calculate.
The lifespan on a Hyperikon LED T8 tube is 45,000+ hours. How many hours are there in one year? Well, there are 8,760 hours, so that would be about 5.1 years. But realistically, how many hours per day do you think you will have the lights on? Definitely not 24 hours- unless you are an operation that runs 24/7. If you figure 10 hours per day, that’s 3,650 hours per year. So your lights would last approximately 12.3 years! How amazing would it be to not have to change out your lights for over a decade?!
AND, did you know that at 45,000 hours, the LED light isn’t even dead? It’s still performing at 70% and only grows dimmer. You will also save 50% on your energy bill, so don’t forget to factor that in.
Now let's compare to a fluorescent tube. The average rated lifespan can be anywhere from 7,000-15,000 hours. When considering whether to stick with fluorescents or upgrade to LED, the choice you are making is to save on maintenance cost and time- not to mention the energy savings. The decision is easy. So long, fluorescents!
However, there are two things to consider before making the installation...
Plug and Play Linear LED's
The great thing about plug and play is that it's a simple switch. The bulb snaps into the existing fixture without any wiring modifications required. It's also the less expensive option in comparison to having to rewire the ballast.
The negative is that you will pay 3-7 times more for the LED light than you were used to paying for fluorescents, but it's an investment in your property which will pay for itself in less than a year, in most cases.
LED Driver Retrofit
There is a better energy saving with LED drivers, compared to today's ballasts, and reduced maintenance cost since LED's are designed to last longer. When plugging an LED light into a fluorescent ballast, more energy is consumed- about 2 watts per lamp on average.
You don't have to do a retrofit on the ballast unless you are having incompatibility issues with the plug and play solution. There are higher initial labor and material costs when going with this option, so it's something to spend some time discussing when you are calculating the ROI for your project.