Frequently Asked Questions
This is the common question, and the main reason the LED light finder was developed: to assist to in locating led light lamps and fixtures appropriate to your application
The main factors beyond what type of base, what voltage, are these essentials
Color Rendering Index (CRI)
These three inflence how the light will "illuminate" more than any other set of factors.
Sorry, but if he is using T5 there is no replacement yet. Tubes are common as T12 - T10 - T8 we can retrofit those directly...as shown in diagram. The latest flavor is the T% Slim Line HO What you have likely is T5..High Output Not only are they skinnier..but to complicate any future retrofit ideas, they are 1.5" shorter than all the others in length...too small an area to pack enough LED's to make comparable Lumens....until more efficient/powerful LED's are let loose by the manufacturers (Cree etc). So, we cannot retrofit the T5's directly, all we can do is remove fixture and put in one that holds regular tubes, or retrofit to a dedicated flat LED panel.. There are LED tubes, on the market, that fit into the T5 fixture...BUT..they do not produce nearly comparable Lumen levels..and can not be considered a retrofit option. T5 can be fully replaced with A new ETL/UL metal fixture made specifically for LED (no space for ballast) runs end user cost around 125.00. We prefer the tubes as they are more easily replaced over time. The long tube form factor is also conducive to shedding heat, and allows tube lights to have a 50,0000 hour rating (based on internal components quality)...most interior lights inside fixtures only qualify for a 30,000 hour as they cannot shed heat as effectively. Purpose built LED fixtures, ie a 2' x 4' panel, gets a 50,000 rating b/c it was engineered from the start to shed heat. So, check, make sure what they are, if they are T-5's, in most energy markets, the cost of a new fixture, and the LED, and labor..cancels out that opportunity. The most likely exception is when the lights are on 24/7, then a better ROI will show....but for now, there is no good solution to T5's. He/She may have other lights however that do make sense.