LED lighting is saying goodbye to the fluorescent tube, or at least, it’s about to. According to a California-based LED manufacturer, there’s a new fluorescent-replacement LED lighting product providing the equivalent light output of 24 to 32-watt fluorescent lamps, consuming less than a maximum of 19 watts and operating on a voltage range of 100 to 290 volts AC.
While conventional fluorescent lamps typically have a rated life in the range 8,000 to 24,000 hours, these LED lamps boast an operating life of 50,000 hours — 5.7 years of continuous light. The construction of a UV-resistant polycarbonate housing over the LED tube provides increased protection and shielding against many environmental effects, allowing them to be placed in locations where typical lights would be more vulnerable to the elements.
Further benefits of LEDs over fluorescent include quick and easy installation to minimize retrofit costs; instant, full-strength lightup; no buzzing or flickering; and directional distribution of light. Not to mention the positive environmental impacts of LED lights: consistent, reduced power consumption, long service life, high-quality light, and cold temperature operation, with the corresponding reduction in greenhouse gases and the reduced waste from fewer replacements.
Theoretically, the savings from reduced maintenance costs and downtime will return the capital investment expenditure.
With LED tubes providing all the right answers, it’s hard to see how fluorescent tubes will stick around.