How to Install T8 Tubes and Which Installation Type is Best for You

How to Install T8 Tubes and Which Installation Type is Best for You

LED T8 Tubes are a favorite amongst users in commercial spaces for both their energy-efficiency and their capacity to effectively illuminate large areas. They boast cost and time-savings, and they are more environmentally sustainable than fluorescent lights. The considerable list of benefits to T8 Tubes makes the decision to switch to LED one of the easiest ones you’ll ever make. Installing your T8 Tubes may seem like a considerable task, especially when you are making the switch from fluorescent to LED, but it’s much simpler than you think! Parmida LED offers T8 Tubes in both 4 FT and 8 FT lengths, in both Frosted and Clear Lens. Our 8 FT Tubes are dual-ended connection compatible and our 4 FT Tubes are compatible with both single and dual-ended connection. With such a versatile range of options to choose from, it’s easy to find something that fits your lighting needs.


Plug and Play Installation (Installation Using a Ballast)

Our T8 Tube - Hybrid Installation provides a versatile installation process. Our Hybrid Installation allows for either plug and play installation or ballast bypass installation. With Hybrid Installation, you are not required bypass the ballast. Provided you have a compatible ballast model (we even have a list you can refer to), installing using an existing ballast rather than bypassing means you will save time on your installation. Our Hybrid Installation T8 Tube offers an easy-install project that all businesses and homeowners can appreciate! A bonus to our Hybrid Installation method is that you can always choose to bypass the ballast in the future using these exact same T8 Tubes, if you’d like. Our Hybrid Installation method has the option to be installed by bypassing the ballast, in the same the way that our T8 Tube - Type B Installation is installed.


Bypassing the Ballast and Why You Should Do It

There are many reasons why bypassing the ballast on your fixture will create the most long-term benefits. When you bypass the ballast, you are directly wiring your lights. While this does require the help of an electrician, you are sure to see several advantages using this method.

By bypassing the ballast, you are optimizing the functions and benefits of using LEDs. Ballasts use more energy as they require more power to run, and when using plug and play, it means that you are not maximizing the energy-savings offered by LEDs and therefore spending more than necessary on your electricity bill.

One of the main issues that can arise when choosing to install new lights using plug and play (connecting to a ballast), is the fact that the ballast will eventually fail and require a replacement, creating and added expense in both cost and time for you. Bypassing the ballast means that you will eliminate potential troubleshooting issues in the future; it will be significantly more difficult to determine the cause of any other issues (i.e. light not turning on, insufficient light output, etc.) when there is a ballast installed, as so often these issues are caused by a failing or incompatible ballast, and not the light itself.

If you have committed to the decision of bypassing the ballast of your light fixture, then this Type B Installation is the option for you. Here, your only option is to bypass the ballast (which requires some professional help), but will eliminate any time-consuming decision making, and guarantee long-term energy and cost-savings.


Whichever Your Choice, We Have an LED T8 Tube for You!

Whether you decide to bypass the ballast or use plug and play installation, we have a T8 Tube that will fit your needs! If you have a compatible ballast and are looking for a quicker installation process, then our T8 Tube - Hybrid Installation is a top choice for you. Alternatively, if you prefer to hire an electrician to handle the installation process, then our T8 Tube - Type B Installation is a great option. All in all, regardless of the method you choose, you are sure to see significant energy-savings with our Parmida LED T8 Tubes, promising to be more friendly to both your wallet and our environment.

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