Tube lights are those long tube-shaped lights that are commonly found in places like educational institutions and retail stores. Most often, they are housed behind a screen and come in lengths from two feet in length to eight feet in length. LED Tube lights have a longer lasting life span than traditional fluorescent tube lights, help preserve energy as well as keep utility costs down, and come in two to six foot lengths.
In the kitchen of my last apartment we had fluorescent tubes, and for some reason the previous renters had decided that whenever they replace the bulbs, they would save the spent tubes in a closet. These were not compact bulbs and we seemed to have six of them to deal with. After some checking around I learned that fluorescent lights contain mercury and can’t simply be thrown away. I was finally able to recycle all of the old fluorescent tubes and eventually get them replaced with more kitchen friendly lighting. Had the previous renters used LED Tube lights, they wouldn’t have had such a stock pile. LED Tube lights are designed to replace toxic fluorescent tube lights, are fifty percent more efficient, don’t contain any mercury, and they have a longer life span.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies fluorescent lamps as hazardous waste, and recommends that they be segregated from general waste for recycling or safe disposal. LED Tube lights replace these dangerous bulbs quite well as the retrofitting and installation of LED tube lights is easy.
Just as we’d broken down the information listed with PAR lighting last week, this week we will take a look at the information provided when purchasing LED Tube lighting. Lets take a look at this light:
As you can probably tell, the LED Tube light in question is two feet in length, uses 8 watts of power, and is of the warm white temperature (between 2700-3200k). This type of lighting is typically used in schools, offices, and industrial buildings. It can also be found in bars and clubs as backlights.