Posts Tagged ‘fluorescent tubes’

The LED Tube Debate Rages On

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

You may not believe it, but the debate over whether LED light technology is better than more traditional fluorescent bulbs is still a hot issue. Proponents of LED bulbs claim that the lights are more energy efficient, last longer and are more environmentally friendly. However, there are many that still think the higher up-front costs and relatively undeveloped technology of LEDs make them a less than optimum choice for the average home or business environment.

Before you decide on whether or not to choose LED tubes over fluorescent tubes, make sure you understand the pros and cons of both products. The following are a few categories you should consider when deciding on a bulb, and how both LED and fluorescent tubes measure up.

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LEDs Oust Fluorescent Tubes

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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.

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