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Philips eases switching fluorescent tubes with LED replacements

Posted January 14, 2014
Philips eases switching fluorescent tubes with LED replacements
Philips is offering a new deal in tube lighting that can save on energy, installation time and ease labor costs. Philips’ new development, announced earlier this month, offers supermarkets and large stores a proposition difficult to turn down. Philips has announced a drop-in LED bulb design that offers 40,000 hours of life. Called the InstantFit LED T8, the replacement tube is, according to Philips, the world’s first LED replacement tube that requires no rewiring. The company said the InstantFit lamps were tested with a variety of ballasts to make sure there was compatibility with most Instant Start ballasts. Philips noted how this replacement involves a simple switch that cuts considerably the time it takes to replace the old fluorescent lights. “We studied the process for replacing fluorescent tubes with LED technology step by step to tackle those issues that dissuade facility managers and installers from making the switch,” said Rene van Schooten, CEO, light sources and electronics at Philips Lighting “We found speed and simplicity were key.”

The company described the Philips InstantFit LED T8 as “a true Linear LED retrofit that replaces existing 4′ T8 fluorescent lamps. No wiring is required when replacing T8 fluorescents with the InstantFit lamp, which helps to reduce maintenance and labor costs.” A maintenance worker can perform the task of fitting in the tube lamps in a very short time. According to Philips, “the average supermarket can now switch to LED lighting in four days instead of four weeks.”


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