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    My shop has six 8' T12 fluorescent light fixtures, per bay. Every year when it turns off cold I am replacing bulbs and or ballasts, it never fails. This year I got tired of it and started looking for something different, maybe T8 or T5 HO, something I could get years of service out of. Quickly I found a change out wasn't cheap so I found some LED replacements. The ballast is removed and the sockets are wired directly to the 120.

    I have to say I am quite impressed. Tried to take pictures but you really couldn't tell anything but the light meter on my phone shows the LEDs are 2.5 to 3 times brighter than the T12s.

    This is what I used - https://www.eledlights.com/t8-8foot-....html#descjump
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    I did the same thing to all the 4 foot shop lights I have. All 5k light, I'll never go back.

    These are what I used: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OMAIG2S...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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    I'll have to look into these further; but can lights and other lights get the 5,000k LED's when it's time to replace bulbs.
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    I've been wanting to do the same as well. I just never got around to it yet. There are many different types, including the replacement led's for the T types of standard lights. But I was never fond of rewiring the ballest in some cases. Ive found these that seem to have a decent review :dunno?

    http://m.costco.com/4%E2%80%99-Linka...100284402.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    My shop has six 8' T12 fluorescent light fixtures, per bay. Every year when it turns off cold I am replacing bulbs and or ballasts, it never fails. This year I got tired of it and started looking for something different, maybe T8 or T5 HO, something I could get years of service out of. Quickly I found a change out wasn't cheap so I found some LED replacements. The ballast is removed and the sockets are wired directly to the 120.

    I have to say I am quite impressed. Tried to take pictures but you really couldn't tell anything but the light meter on my phone shows the LEDs are 2.5 to 3 times brighter than the T12s.

    This is what I used - https://www.eledlights.com/t8-8foot-....html#descjump
    I converted all the 4 tube I had when I moved them to the new shop. All the others are Costco, you'll never beat the deal and the lighting is great for the price.

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    I spent replacing fluorescent tubes every winter. . . . Never, never go back.
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    Nice, thanks for the post psrumors. Don't know about the T5's but the T8's are slooow to come up in cold weather. You made the right choice.
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    I have converted several of my 4' lights to the 120 volt 4' T8 bulbs. It takes a lot of time to rewire the lights. One of my clients has a 4 tube 4' light in there kitchen. I have to replace bulbs in it about every year. This year I suggested replacing the old bulbs with LEDs. I was going to get the 120 volt bulbs until I found some direct replacement T8 bulbs at Menards. They work off of the ballast. Just take out the old bulbs & put in the new LED bulbs. No rewiring required. The ones I used work in both T8 & T12 instant start fixtures. The bulbs have been in use several months. The clients are very happy with them.
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    Looks like I need to increase my know;edge before I buy. My son is on me to change out the lights in the shop. He thinks it's an endless stream of money.

    Thanks for the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    I have converted several of my 4' lights to the 120 volt 4' T8 bulbs. It takes a lot of time to rewire the lights. One of my clients has a 4 tube 4' light in there kitchen. I have to replace bulbs in it about every year. This year I suggested replacing the old bulbs with LEDs. I was going to get the 120 volt bulbs until I found some direct replacement T8 bulbs at Menards. They work off of the ballast. Just take out the old bulbs & put in the new LED bulbs. No rewiring required. The ones I used work in both T8 & T12 instant start fixtures. The bulbs have been in use several months. The clients are very happy with them.
    Not sure about the smaller fixtures but the 8' T12 units are easy to wire around the ballast. If you can install a ballast you can wire around it,
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    Not sure about the smaller fixtures but the 8' T12 units are easy to wire around the ballast. If you can install a ballast you can wire around it,
    I removed the ballast when converting, found it easy once you understand what is required for the LED's. . . It also made the fixture a little lighter weight making my re-hang efforts just a little easier. Once you determine single or dual end powered, it's easy, and buy the tube that works. I found color and wattage/lumens the challenging effort. I like 5000k and slightly up/down from there works too. Last I bought for those 4 tube fixtures were these: 22W, 6000K (Super Bright White), 2600 Lumens, Dual-End Powered, Clear Cover. I preferred 5000K and frosted but you buy what's cheapest and will work with a little compromise.

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