If you read our post on LED Combo Drive technology from a few months back, you know that there are LED T8 Tubes and LED PL lamps that are able to work on the existing ballast as well as without the ballast. So you can install these lamps into fixtures without changing the ballast, and then when the ballast dies off you can wire them direct as these LED lamps have internal drivers allowing them to function as a standalone. This process allows you to use the rest of the ballast’s life up before converting the fixtures to run the LED T8 tubes and LED PLs with no ballast present.
Forest Lighting has put a new twist on the idea with their UniV8 LED T8 Lamps. Previously with LED T8 Combo Drive technology, when the ballast fails, the sockets would have to be changed out to non-shunted sockets. However, Forest Lighting’s UniV8 LED T8 lamps are double-end power and use the same sockets, so one would simply cut out the ballast and the LED T8 lamps would work. This convenience helps limit long-term maintenance costs.
More info and specs below:
- Wattage: 19W
- Lumens: 2100
- Voltage: 100-277V
- CRI: 80
- Beam Angle: 120°
- Color Temperature: 3500K/4100K/5000K/6000K
- Construction: Shatterproof Plastic/Aluminum
- DLC Rated in 3500K/4100K/5000K
- UL Listed/NSF Rated
- Rated Life: 50,000 hours
- Warranty: 5 years
Check out our shop for more information and pictures:
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