LEDs Replace Fluorescent Tubes

LEDs America, Inc. announced its “real alternative” to fluorescent lighting last month. The new Led-O™ LED tubes, which the company says are both energy-saving and safe, use 40 to 70-percent less energy and last six times as long as fluorescent bulbs. Dubbed ”eco-friendly”, the LED tubes do not contain mercury or emit infrared or ultraviolet radiation.

“Up until now, most LEDs only put out 800 to 1,200 Lumens. Led-O tubes give off 2,000 to 2,400 Lumens,” says Michael Conner of LEDs America, Inc. He added that even with the increased light output, the tubes remain cool to the touch.

The company’s press release included a long list of additional advantages:

  • Durability – LED-O bulbs do not break easily and have a high tolerance to vibration
  • Not Sensitive to Cold – LEDs perform well in temperatures from -40C° to 185C°, making them ideal for applications subject to frequent on-off cycling, such as garages and basements
  • Directional distribution of light – good for interior task lighting
  • Substantial savings on maintenance costs – thus ROI is 12 months, or so
  • Fully dimmable – LEDs do not change their color tint when dimmed unlike incandescent lamps that turn yellow
  • No frequency interference – no ballast to interfere with radio and television signals
  • Environmentally friendly – LEDs do not contain Mercury, Argon, Xenon, Neon or Krypton gases
  • Safe – LEDs do not emit infrared or ultraviolet radiation
  • Light up immediately
  • Easily disposed
  • While the new LED tubes have a higher initial cost, the long-term savings will more than make up for it, says LEDs America. They are making the new technology available in tubes, bulbs, and light bars. Prices start at $46 for a 4″ tube.

    [photo: LEDs America]

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