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Old 12-30-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Fluorescent Light Fixtures and Ballasts

If anyone is upgrading to LED and wants to find a home for their old fluorescent fixtures and ballasts I can use them. Most of my exterior lights are LED but it will be a while before I mess with the interior lights.

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Old 12-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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Most people convert the florescent fixtures to LED using strips. At least that's the way I did it, so it was just a matter of reconnecting two wires if I wanted to go back to the florescent tubes.

Another option for you would be to buy the LED conversions for your existing incandescents.

The problem I had with the LED strips was they did not put out near as much light, and if left on accidentally, they would go bad. I have not had those problems with the LED incandescent bulb replacements.
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:18 PM   #3
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I really don't want to convert to LED interior lighting but for those that do, I would like the fluorescent fixtures and ballasts they took out. I don't think that interior LED's are quite there yet.

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Old 12-30-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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The LED's ARE there right now.

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I really don't want to convert to LED interior lighting ... I don't think that interior LED's are quite there yet.
I, also. was of the same mindset, but during a temporary (six month) job this year I stayed in the trailer about one block from PPL in Houston. I had little to do so one day I purchased a couple of replacement fluorescents that already had the LEDs preinstalled. What a difference.

The LED tube replacement was much improved over the original fluorescent fixture.

The bulbs were a bit pricey at $30 each, but the value was definitely there.

The PPL bulbs made me a believer.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
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There are excellent and really crappy LED products out there right now and very little standardization. It is a trial and error process of finding what works and what does not. Until LED's have had time to get out of this early stage, I don't want to mess with them. Light output and color vary all over the place as well as distribution of light. The old stuff works for now and I would rather spend my time on more productive pursuits for now.

If you have specific models that you liked please, share to save the rest of us from the trial and error process.

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Here is a great "How To"video on the subject.
HOW TO: Convert Fluorescent RV Lights to LEDs - YouTube
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