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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 1/22/2017

I dare say I am very pleased with these so far.


I'm just about done converting all of my fixtures over to CFLs, and the most tricky part remaining was the CFL tube lights.  Back when I built Tanglewood we put four of these, one over each garage bay.   These are all four-foot fixture so they require the larger T8 bulbs.   There's another fixture in the apartment kitchen (more on that in a minute), and folks might recall a smaller fixture using two-foot lights I replaced late in 2016.

I'd poked around at the various home builder supply stores and couldn't really find anything I liked.  Oh a couple seemed to have the right lumens needed, but they were marred by reviews--even had one light that argued back and forth whether or not the existing ballast could be left in place or if it had to be clipped out.  

I went to search on trusty Amazon and found a lot of options--too many really--but was able to winnow them down a bit with some research.  Eventually I narrowed it down to one that looked good--excellent lumen output (2100L), bright daylight output (I wanted the garage to have more light), and their price was pretty solid.  While the output was slightly less than the stock CFLs they were half the wattage, and all the reviews unanimously agreed that the reflector on the back of the tube would prevent "wasting" half the light from the full-circle output of the standard CFLs.  So I ordered four of them (the smallest order that I could make) and figured that if these worked I'd be happy and if  not I wasn't out all that much.

They arrived--and then we had 4 weeks of  unrelenting cold weather.  Things would be great during the middle of the week, but come the weekend (when I had a chance to work in the garage) it was cold and dark and nasty.  So they waited.

Finally got this first set of four in today and WOW I am impressed!  It was very simple to clip out the old ballast and there was a lot of extra wire in the existing fixture and  it was quite easy to re-engineer everything for the new lights.   (I even found myself rather ahead of schedule--a nice surprise usually when doing chores around here.)

These lights are very bright and clearly brighter than the CFLs (there's a couple of comparison shots below).  I am very impressed with how quickly I got them up and running (like I said, a lot of extra wire in there).  I will definitely be getting more.

With this work I've swapped out two fixture's worth of lights, so I'll order another 4-pack for the next pair of fixtures this week and then take a gander at the light in the apartment (it's a different type of fixture so I don't know if it's two lights or four--if it's four I think it's gonna blind her).  

Very pleased, and the LED Conversion is Nearly Complete!


Steven in Colorado

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In this you can see three light fixtures. The nearest is without the reflector/cover, the one in the middle has the reflector on, and the far one has the older CFLs. As you can see the older fixture is DEFINITELY not as bright as the new LED ones.
Closeup of the middle and third (right hand) fixture. I took this right after I got the cover on this LED fixture and wanted a side-by-side comparison.
Straight shot of the LED tube lights, without their fixture.


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