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Old 01-11-2021, 03:18 AM
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Smile Still have a case of 'em left... (4' LEDs)

I've been using up these 4' LEDs bought a few years back as mentioned in this THREAD. They were discontinued because they weren't "dummy-proof". I bought them out for this exact reason. Meaning, they will run on straight 120v. Newer versions "look" for and will only work with electronic ballasts.

There are six single tube fixtures in the kitchen I have been converting as the bulbs go. This involves hard wiring one end pin holders to 120v and eliminating the ballast. The other end of the bulb is dead but has pins so it can mount as the old fluorescents did. One fixture in the shop has been so converted.

I have also been using a 18-2 surplus cord (I have dozens) with a couple butt splices that will snugly slide over the end pins with careful twisting and pushing. Then I wrap the end of the bulb and cord with a few wraps of electrical tape. Instant light saber! The bulb portion is hard plastic and very durable (so far). I have an over workbench/under shelf light like this held in place with wire ties with screw holes. Just made an under hood light and it is held in place with baby bungies. Cost me about $5. Compare to $35 from HF... Or $100 from Snappy?
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:48 AM
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Nice! I still love the simple, clean look of them in my garage too.
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Old 01-11-2021, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Scratch View Post
Nice! I still love the simple, clean look of them in my garage too.
I swapped out the light tubes in my shop a few years ago for these. They weren't dummy proof either. So I chopped the ballast and re-wired. Now as a couple were doing the funky chicken, I bought replacements which were also not moron proof. Except unlike yours, with power pins at one end, these have to have power fed one at each end.
More rewiring. Can't beat the light.
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:58 AM
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I got some of the same type of tube as well.
I got enough to do 2 of the high bays in my shop but have only done one since I am having difficulty finding replacement tombstones that fit my fixtures.
They use a quarter of the power compared to the T8's
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