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Offline John Rudd

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Tube swap
« on: September 02, 2022, 11:01:16 AM »
Swapped out the fluey lights in the garage for led tubes…,Boy big difference, more light for less power….

Checked the current draw the other day, with all six on, pulling just over 2 Amps…now with leds, just over 1A….

In fact the light output is so good and distributed, I can see quite well in the garage with just one bank on….

Cost me £42 for 6 4’ tubes.

Result!….Eat that British Gas……


I can go back in and start working again…l :lol:
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2022, 01:26:51 PM »
I have done the same with the same revelation. You get loads more light for a lot less power but it does make for crappy photos.

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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2022, 01:59:00 PM »
I changed the whole house over to LED's. Found a Company selling them for around $3.40 a peice. Spent $140 projected payback was around 2 years. The savings were a little more than I figured and it took around 1 year and 2 months. I am now approaching 3 years usage and had 1 die. Another benefit was some in garage and basement did not like to start in winter, LED's fixed that. Also electric bill went up and is close to the amount it was before improvement.
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2022, 03:32:48 PM »
That was my complaint they tell you how much you’ll save then up their prices to compensate for their loss. Remember self serve gas stations when they first came out? “Pass the savings to you”  ( for a while )

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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2022, 01:43:32 AM »
Swapped out the fluey lights in the garage for led tubes…,Boy big difference, more light for less power…

Ha John, I just suggested that in the other thread. (Ain't depression grand?)
   Great minds and all that.
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Offline John Rudd

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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2022, 02:37:55 AM »
John,
It was your reply that prompted my action, and Andrews (awemawson) comments some time ago too, so credit to you both…. :thumbup: :zap: :zap:
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2022, 02:22:09 PM »
My tubes are also getting swapped.

8x about 1.6 m long ..
I just need to find a nice colour and fitting.

My test versions (3) are nice and (too) bright, but a bit cold.





Offline SwarfnStuff

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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2022, 02:22:10 AM »
Glad you had a saving in cost John.
Might gain more savings by eliminating the ballast but a quick search on that topic got me confused as it seemed to depend on type of LED tube etc.
Google, the source of mixed information a lot of the time.
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2022, 03:12:52 AM »
John,
The replacement tubes came with instructions on fitting, I just followed them for the sake of simplicity, but as you say the ballast and starter can be removed and the incoming supply wired directly to the tube as annotated…

However, if the need arises I can revert to refitting the original tubes.
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2022, 12:38:07 PM »
Hi John, Are the tubes available in Warm White? All the LED batten fittings seem to come in Cold White which I don't like at all. Phil.
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2022, 02:19:46 AM »
Yeah John, I think most do come with the easy install option and keeping the ballast and starter gizmo does make it a reversible lighting setup.

Personally, I cannot think of a reason i would ever want to go back to Flourescent lighting.
See how you go with the new set-up as so far it sounds like you are happy with em.

John B (the other John  :palm:).
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2022, 02:24:16 AM »
I kept the ballasts and used the shorting ‘starter’ on mine simply for convenience as many of my tubes are way up in the gods and access is not at all easy to do any internal Re wiring.
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Re: Tube swap
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2022, 02:29:59 AM »
Phil,
There were 2 choices of tube, 4000k and 6700 (? )….I opted for the 4000k version and is pleasant enough.
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