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T8 LED Bulbs

T8 LED Light Bulbs

T8 LED bulbs are designed as direct replacements of traditional fluorescent T8s. Compared to fluorescent T8s, LED T8s last much longer, typically between 20,000 to 50,000 hours and save over 50% in energy consumption.

T8 LED bulbs are a great choice if you are looking to replace your old fluorescent T5, T8, T10 or T12 lamps with long lasting, more efficient LED technology. At Stars and Stripes Lighting, we make replacing fluorescent light bulbs easy with our extensive selection of LED T8 bulb replacements.

TYPE A LED T8 BULB (ALSO REFERRED TO AS BALLAST COMPATIBLE OR PLUG-N-PLAY BULBS)

Type A LED T8 bulbs are designed for use in fixtures with an existing electronic ballast to drive the LEDs in the bulb itself. This option requires no rewiring and doesn't require an electrician, allowing you to do the work yourself. However, the downside to this option is that the T8 LED bulb will not operate if the ballast fails. (Note: Not all T8 ballast will operate these tubes, please make sure to check the ballast compatibility guide for the product to ensure your electronic ballast is compatible).

TYPE B LED T8 BULB (COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS DIRECT WIRE OR BALLAST BYPASS)

Type B LED T8 bulbs are designed to operate without a ballast. The fixture's internal ballast needs to be disconnected and the tombstones (lamp sockets) need to be replaced with non-shunted sockets, and then wired direct to 120-277V line voltage. The great thing about this replacement option is that your eliminating the most common issues that affect fluorescent fixtures, the ballast. However, in most cases an electrician is required due to the fact the fixture needs to be rewired to accept these T8 LED bulbs.

HYBRID T8 LED BULB (BALLAST BYPASS OR BALLAST COMPATIBLE)

Hybrid T8 LED bulbs are designed to be installed either way, ballast bypass or ballast compatible. This type is very popular due to the flexibility you get with multiple installation options and also takes the guess work on choosing which T8 LED bulb would work in your fixture. Keep on mind, it you plan on removing the ballast using type B mode, we recommend hiring a certified electrician to complete the work.

T8 LED Bulbs FAQs

T8 LED Bulbs are designed to replace their equivalent fluorescent models with a long lasting and more energy-efficient alternative.

T8 LED bulbs are available in three different installation types, ballast bypass, ballast compatible, and hybrid. They also come in various color temperatures, lengths, and lumen outputs.

T8 LED bulbs are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications with fixtures that require linear lamps. Some of these applications include classrooms, storage areas, offices, manufacturing areas, retail spaces, hospitality, garages and many more.

There are a variety of benefits provided by T8 LED bulbs. Compared to fluorescent T8s, LED T8s do not flicker or require a warm up time to come to full brightness. They also are longer lasting and a more energy-efficient alternative. T8 LED bulbs also provide a much better quality light output in terms of color rendering, color temperature and lumen output.

Buyers of LED fluorescent replacement tube lights often ask if they can use a T8 sized LED tube in a T12 fixture. However, most customers are often confused after purchasing when they receive an LED that is marked as T8.

As we describe in our how to article, T8 and T12 feature the same G13 bi-pin connector. T8 tubes are simply 1 inch in diameter versus the 1.5 inch diameter of T12 tubes. In an effort to make LED tube lights compatible with the internal dimensions of most fixtures, you will find that most LED tube lights feature a T8 or 1 inch diameter. They can indeed be used in T12 fixtures. With this said, T12 fluorescents for the most part use magnetic ballasts therefore, the only way to use LED tube lights with this type of fixture is to either purchase an LED ballast bypass tube light and bypass the ballast wiring or purchase a universal magnetic ballast compatible tube light.

Please note the above information is primarily directed towards 4 Foot bi-pin G13 T8 and T12 products.