Installing a T8 LED Tube (One Side Power) with an electronic ballast.
Connecting these lights requires rewiring the fluorescent tube in the following way: Remove the ballast and starter and directly connect the two cables coming from the mains into the two pins at the end of the tube.
Turn OFF the equipment and make sure that no electrical current is present.
Remove the ballast and starter (cutting one of the starters’ cables overrides it completely).
Connect the PHASE (Brown, Black or Grey cable) to a pin (1 of the 2 metal prongs) at one end of the tube holder and then connect the NEUTRAL (Blue cable) to the pin at the same end of the tube holder. Place the tube in the tube holder by the end marked with a sticker. Turn ON the power to test your new LED Tube.
Installing a T8 LED Tube (One Side Power) with an LED Starter.
Ferromagnetic Fluorescent tubes have a starter outside of the ballast.
Alternatively, there’s a way to install LED Tubes using an LED starter (included with the product). Connecting these lights is simple, just switch the old starter with the LED starter, the fluorescent tube with the LED Tube and remove the ballast (if it has one).
Turn OFF the power, making sure there is no electrical current present.
Remove the capacitor.
Switch the capacitor with the LED Starter and the fluorescent tube with the LED Tube. Turn ON the power to test if your new LED Tube is working.
Installing LED Tubes
Connecting LED Tubes requires rewiring the fluorescent tube in the following way: Eliminate both the ballast and the starter and then connect the two cables that come from the electrical network directly into the two prongs at one end of the tube.
Turn off the appliance, making sure that there is no electrical current present.
Remove the fluorescent tube, connect the two cables that reach the ballast in the same contact and then remove the starter (cutting one of the cables overrides the starter completely).
Connect the PHASE (brown, black or grey cable) to one end of the tube holder (2 metallic prongs) and then connect the NEUTRAL (blue cable) to the other end of the tube holder (the 2 prongs at the other end of the tube). Turn ON and test to see if your new LED tube is working. Congratulations, you are now consuming half the electricity than you were 5 minutes ago!
LED Tube advantages
The biggest advantage when using LED Tubes is the energy savings, which can reach up to 50%. It has to be stressed that a conventional tube, apart from its own consumption, needs a ballast that consumes about 3 to 8 Watts per tube (depending on the quality of the ballast). Another advantage is maintenance (replacing ballasts, starters and tubes…), as LED Tubes don’t need ballasts or starters. A conventional tube has an approximate working life of 10,000 hours, whilst LED tubes can last approximately 50,000 hours. These statistics obviously correlate with the quality of a tube.
1. Hours of life
LED Tubes last more than 50,000 hours, while a good fluorescent tube lasts 10,000 hours.
LED Tubes can withstand a lot more damage and vibration than fluorescent tubes. In fact, they can be dismantled and repaired, something the fluorescent tubes cannot.
LED Tubes consume much less than fluorescent tubes. A 600mm 18W fluorescent tube, with a ballast and starter, can consume up to double its standard rate just because it uses a ballast. This means we are consuming 36W instead of the 8 or 12W that a 600mm LED tube consumes.
4. Instant, full light and no flickering
LED Tubes turn ON immediately without affecting their hours of life, while a fluorescent tube takes a while to turn ON with the number of daily uses affecting its hours of working life. For example, many fluorescent tube manufacturers estimate that their tubes can last up to 10,000 hours, but only when considering that they are turned on twice a day.
5. The Environment
LED Tubes do not need any kind of gas to turn ON. Fluorescent tubes are made with mercury vapour and mercury compounds, chemical products which are highly dangerous when considering personal health and the environment.