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LED TUBES

FLUORESCENT TUBES

Lifespan

Average life of T8 LED is 50,000 hours

Average life of T8 fluorescent  tube is 30,000 hours

Cost

40-60% more expensive compare to fluorescent tube

Inexpensive. Tube costs about 20-40% of the actual cost of LED tube

Heat Output

Does not cause heat build-up

Temperature increases up to 2 degrees warmer

Efficiency

30% more efficient than fluorescent tube

Less efficient than LED tube and requires ballast to power

Comfort

Offers directional light in a variety of color temperatures

Produces multi-directional light, which means some light is lost in the fixture due to flickering issues

Material

Does not contain hazardous metals like mercury, making the tubes safe for the environment

It contains mercury and phosphor.

Others

Works well with control system, since their life is not affected by turning them on/off

Most T8 LED tubes are made with a shatterproof coating.

Fluorescent tubes tend to burn out faster when integrated with occupancy sensors and other controls.

With linear fluorescent, you either have to specially order shatterproof fluorescent lamps or use a tube guard which is costly.

 

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