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How to Install LED Tubes

If you need to change fluorescent tubes, pause a moment. You don’t have to buy fluorescent replacements. There’s another option: LED tubes. Led tubes are the bright, low energy, long life alternative to fluorescent lighting. 

With LED tubes, you can also say goodbye to fluorescent flickering. LED lights never flicker. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about harming the environment. Unlike fluorescent lighting, LED tubes don’t have any mercury in them.

You can put LED tubes into existing fluorescent fitments. First, though, you need to make certain adjustments. The process is straightforward, but you may prefer to use or consult a suitably qualified electrician.


Step 1: Ensure you’ve disconnected the fitment from the power supply. Carefully remove the fluorescent tube.

Step 2: Fluorescent fitments come in two types. Your fitment will either have an electronic ballast unit, or a starter plus a magnetic ballast unit. Check to see what type of fitment you have.

Step 3: Electronic Ballast. You must remove the electronic ballast unit. If you don’t, you’ll damage your LED tube. Disconnect the wires from the ballast unit. Remove the unit and connect the loose wires to form a circuit. Ensure the connections are secure and insulated.

Step 4: Magnetic Ballast: If you have a fitment with a starter and a magnetic ballast unit, you must remove the starter. You don’t need to remove the ballast unit unless you’re placing more than one LED tube in the fitment. If you remove the ballast unit, connect the loose wires to create a circuit. Make sure you have properly secured and insulated the wires.

Step 5: Your LED tube has a live connection at one end and a neutral connection at the other. Ensure the wires in the fitment match this. If you connect both live and neutral to one end of the LED tube, you’ll cause a short circuit.

Step 6: Carefully fit your new LED tube. The tubes come in sizes to match existing fluorescent fitments. Common lengths are two foot, four foot, five foot and six foot.

Step 7: Reconnect the fitment to the power supply. Switch on your new LED lighting.


You can appreciate the difference an LED tube makes the moment you put it on. So if you have any fluorescent tubes at home or work, consider the LED option. It makes sense.


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