When it comes to replacing old incandescent bulbs with LEDs, a common question that customers ask is: “Can I use an LED bulb that has a higher wattage equivalent than my fixture allows?” The simple answer is yes, as long as the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture.
Many LED tubes are “plug and play”, meaning you can just install them like you would a fluorescent bulb. For this to be true, look for bulbs that are “ballast-compatible” meaning that they can use the ballast already installed in your fluorescent fixture to power the LEDs.
Furthermore, can you put a 100w LED bulb in a 60w socket? One question that often comes up is this: “Can I use an LED with a higher wattage equivalent than the bulb I am replacing, such as a 100-Watt equal LED bulb in a 60-Watt rated socket, to get more light from my fixture?” The short answer is yes—as long as it still consumes fewer watts than the fixture is rated for.
Thereof, what happens if you put an LED bulb in an enclosed fixture?
Using an LED bulb in an enclosed fixture when it isn’t designed for that may cause the bulb to overheat, potentially causing damage to the light bulb and fixture. Even a little extra heat can shorten the lifespan of the bulb and keep you from enjoying the full value of your investment.
How do you bypass the ballast for LED lights?
Cut the socket lead wires. The socket lead wires (most likely red and blue-colored wires) are located on the other side of the ballast and connect to wires going out of the ballast to the sockets (which should be non-shunted sockets for T8 LEDs). These output wires provide the power to the lamps.
Do I need to remove ballast for LED lights?
LED technology does not require a ballast to regulate the amount of energy flowing to the lights. Additionally, removing the ballast will reduce energy usage and result in even great cost-savings as ballasts continue to draw more power than necessary.
Can you put LED bulbs in regular fixtures?
Unfortunately, due to the heat entrapment of enclosed fixtures, not all LED light bulbs can be used. Or perhaps it is better to say that they should not be used. It may still be possible to use your regular LED bulb in the enclosed fixture, but with a shortened life span and the potential for premature dimming.
What kind of ballast do I need for LED lights?
No LED bulbs require a ballast, although some are engineered to work with an existing ballast. You will find ballast-compatible, or “plug-and-play” LEDs that are designed to replace linear fluorescents, compact fluorescents, or HIDs. Incandescent and halogen lamps do not require a ballast.
Should I replace fluorescent with LED?
Yes, you can replace fluorescent tubes with LED tubes or LED integrated fixtures. If you aren’t ready to replace the fluorescent fixture and just want to replace the bulbs, you can use plug-and-play, direct wire, or hybrid LED tubes.
Are LED lights brighter than fluorescent?
At the same wattage, LED will be much bright than fluorescent lamp. Because LED has a very high lumen efficacy, more than 110LM/W, but top level fluorescent lamp is 60LM/W. LED – light emitting diode translated electric energy into lighting high efficiency, and at the same time LED lights flicker free.
Can LED bulbs catch fire?
LED lights do not emit light from a vacuum as most other bulb types do. Overheating is one of the reasons a bulb could start a fire, but that is highly unlikely to happen with LED lights. They may feel hot to touch, but they produce light at a significantly lower temperature than other bulbs.
What causes LED lights to burn out quickly?
Habitually loose connections, either at the socket or with the wire connections, can burn out the bulb quickly, as well as cause flickering. These loose connections increase the electrical resistance and the heat passing through the filament of the bulb, which can shorten its life.
Do LED lights get hot enough to start a fire?
LEDs’ electroluminescence technology is entirely different and does not require heat to produce light; LEDs themselves will not get hot enough to start a fire. Much of the energy used by HID lights is emitted as infrared light (above 800 nanometers).
Is it normal for LED lights to glow when off?
LED bulbs vary in quality so a poor quality bulb may glow, flicker or buzz when switched off. You may also find that that there is a problem with electricity circuit and not the bulbs. Some light switches will let through electricity residue even when the switch is off.
Can LED bulbs be used upside down?
We can use the upside down and sideways and all kinds of orientation that other companies cannot. Jeff: You can’t use a led light bulb? Many other companies, because they do not have efficient cooling the driver, the power supply gets very overheated and it could derogate the life or the performance.
Why do LED light bulbs flicker?
LED bulb flickering can be traced in almost every instance to a non-compatible dimmer switch in the lighting circuit. LED bulbs don’t have glowing filaments. When the dimmer switch goes off and on many times per second, the LED bulb becomes a flickering strobe light.
What is 20 watt LED equivalent?
LED tube lights use between 40 and 50% less energy than fluorescent tube lights, which is of course comparable to CFLs that utilise the same technology. LED equivalents to fluorescent tube lights. Fluorescent Tube Light Wattage LED Equivalent Wattage 20 Watt 9 Watt