Ever thought of switching from fluorescent to LED, but not sure what benefits you will get? Or, considering the cost of upgrading? Let Credence help you make a decision by reducing Kwh’s before you produce Kwh’s that results in more savings. But before we proceed, let us name a few things to consider before upgrading.

If you’re a business and use fluorescent bulbs, energy saving is important. Fluorescent bulbs release light in all directions, and the light coming from the opposite side of the bulb needs to be reflected the working station. This is insufficient use of lighting. On the other hand, LED lights send all the light towards the working surface, that is why LED bulbs use more efficient. It also means more savings because you can replace a T8 fluorescent lamp that produces more lumens with a T8 LED with nominally fewer lumens (less light production.)

Another thing to consider is the ballast. Fluorescent bulbs use ballast, while LED bulbs use drivers to control the initial surge and ongoing energy required to run the lamp. If we change to LED, we need to remove the ballast and direct wire the bulbs. The good thing is that nowadays, there are hybrid LED bulbs that can fit in existing ballast and work as if you’re just changing the existing fluorescent bulb with another one. However, since the ballast is already in use when you install the LED bulb, chances are the ballast will fail long before the bulb does. So, you need to change/remove the ballast, which will cost you the time and money.

In addition, the ballast consumes extra watts on top of the consumption of the bulb. Whereas, LED with direct wire has lower consumption, and no extra watts on ballast. Take a look at an upgrade we did in our office below.

Reduced KWH

LED vs. Fluorescent

The faraway light has a ballast with 4 fluorescent bulbs, and the light close is direct wired; no ballast, just 2 LED bulbs in it. It has better looks and using around 22 watts per bulb instead of 40 watts per fluorescent bulb plus 10 extra watts for the ballast. 44 watts in LED vs 170 watts in fluorescent. That is a 386.36% difference in electricity consumed!

While modern fluorescent lamps have minimized the amount of mercury needed to produce light, they still do have mercury in them. This is considered a toxic substance, which comes along with expensive waste fees. LEDs do not use mercury.

Lastly, LED lights last longer. A fluorescent lamp will last 24,000 to 30,000 hours while an LED will last around 50,000. This nearly doubles the replacement cost for fluorescents in both the physical lamp and maintenance costs over time.

Since we are talking about saving energy and saving the environment, we can help you upgrade to save! Reduce Khw’s before you produce with Solar Khw’s.

Better technology yields more savings.

Better technology yields more savings.

Here at Credence, we make sure your system is designed to so you are 100% covered. From switching to solar, lighting upgrade (15% reduction) plus smart Wi-Fi Thermostat (5% for heating and cooling), that is 20% total reduction! Better technology yields more savings.

Credence is your trusted installation contractor for all energy needs in #California, #Florida, and #Missouri. We can install your Solar for as little as zero down. Contact us today via phone or email, and start saving from electric bills, and saving the planet!

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Source: https://blog.lightingsupply.com/blog/direct-wire-led-tubes-vs-led-tubes-using-ballasts