Philips eases switching fluorescent tubes with LED replacements

Jan 13, 2014 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) —Philips is offering a new deal in tube lighting that can save on energy, installation time and ease labor costs. Philips' new development, announced earlier this month, offers supermarkets and large stores a proposition difficult to turn down. Philips has announced a drop-in LED bulb design that offers 40,000 hours of life. Called the InstantFit LED T8, the replacement tube is, according to Philips, the world's first LED replacement tube that requires no rewiring. The company said the InstantFit lamps were tested with a variety of ballasts to make sure there was compatibility with most Instant Start ballasts. Philips noted how this replacement involves a simple switch that cuts considerably the time it takes to replace the old fluorescent lights. "We studied the process for replacing fluorescent tubes with LED technology step by step to tackle those issues that dissuade facility managers and installers from making the switch," said Rene van Schooten, CEO, light sources and electronics at Philips Lighting "We found speed and simplicity were key."

The company described the Philips InstantFit LED T8 as "a true Linear LED retrofit that replaces existing 4' T8 fluorescent lamps. No wiring is required when replacing T8 fluorescents with the InstantFit lamp, which helps to reduce maintenance and labor costs." A maintenance worker can perform the task of fitting in the tube lamps in a very short time. According to Philips, "the average supermarket can now switch to LED lighting in four days instead of four weeks."

The InstantFit LED T8 lights save about 41 percent in electrical costs over an equivalent fluorescent tube. Also, the Philips InstantFit LED T8 lamps contain no mercury and virtually no UV or IR light. According to Philips, if current were replaced by TLED lamps globally, it would result in savings of over $55 billion in energy costs, or the equivalent of energy generated by 210 medium-sized power plants. (The reference to "TLED" stands for LED tube lamps.)'

Philips did not specify price but the company announcement said the Philips' InstantFit LED replacement tube will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

Philips overall prides itself as being one of the world's largest manufacturers of lightbulbs and lamps as well as innovators in light emitting diode (LED) lighting. By 2020, Philips has predicted that 30 percent less energy will be used for lighting compared to 2006 due to energy-efficient lighting adoption. They said the savings translates into a 515 million-ton reduction in CO2 emissions.

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Philips Lighting's Harry Verhaar, head of global public and government affairs, said, "With increasing population growth and urbanization, the demand for is growing. The good news is that the resulting increase in energy demand is being compensated for by gains in energy efficiency as a result of the adoption of energy-efficient lighting.''

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Eikka
3 / 5 (2) Jan 13, 2014
The InstantFit LED T8 lights save about 41 percent in electrical costs over an equivalent fluorescent tube.


That's a rather tall tale, considering that fluorescent tubes with electronic ballasts are already extremely efficient.

LED lighting offers efficacies in the 70-90 lm/W range with some rare expensive models reaching 100 lm/W while more modern T5 tubes consistently offer 100+ lm/W with better color rendering - and they are cheaper to retrofit with an adapter to T8 sockets, and block less light from the reflectors due to being smaller in diameter, and they have 80% less mercury in them.

nik_kelly_54
not rated yet Jan 13, 2014
Our kitchen and bathroom have an assortment of 3', 4' and 5' tubes, as singles and doubles, above their suspended translucent ceiling. Switching tubes is a real pain.

Although these tubes have used 50~~80 W each instead of hundreds of Watts for equivalent light-output incandescents, switching to LED strips would save all the fuss with blinky starters, gradual dimming with age, the juggling act required to swap them and the hassle of disposal.

Bring them on !!
MandoZink
not rated yet Jan 13, 2014
LED retrofit replacements for fluorescent tubes came onto the market about ten years ago, but they were prohibitively expensive.

Eikka is correct as to the efficacies of currently produced lamps running on electronic ballasts. If you have a good comprehension of color rendering (CRI) and color temperature (K), you can achieve very comfortable and efficient lighting that is quite satisfying. People tend to unknowingly buy poor quality CRI and wrong color.temperature lamps. Then they complain about how awful fluorescent lights are. You gotta know what's going on with the technology first.
arun_arises_87
not rated yet Jan 20, 2014
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Nestle
not rated yet Jan 20, 2014
The InstantFit LED T8 lights save about 41 percent in electrical costs over an equivalent fluorescent tube
The energy required for manufacturing of the LED tube (mining and purification of indium and semicondictors) must be considered too. This hidden energy is expressed with additional price of the LED tube. We should just ask about time, in which the LED tube will pay itself.
Lex Talonis
not rated yet Jan 27, 2014
You can run 2 strings of LED's in parallel - with flow for each direction of the AC wave, with no control circuitry.

If each white LED has a peak voltage of say 3.4V - then divide the peak mains voltage, so that you have enough LED's in series, per string, to be running them at about 75-85% of peak voltage - and they become self limiting with their own resistance.

While they are not as bright - per LED, there are more of them, and when being under driven, they last almost for ever.

Think of like 300,000 hours +.

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