Direct-wire tubes are the most futureproof and energy-efficient option you can go with. By bypassing the ballast you are not just cutting away unnecessary wattage used by the ballast, you also ensure that you won’t have to rewire the tube in case the ballast would fail.
As seen above, you are saving 43 kWh per tube each year by bypassing the ballast and installing the tube directly. If you are installing LED tubes on a larger scale – the energy saved can get up to 1000+ kWh.
Installing a direct-wire tube and bypassing a ballast is a fairly simple process, however we do recommend consulting a licensed electrician before performing any wiring related work.
Ballast compatible tubes are your quickest and easiest way to switch to LED and more qualitative and energy-efficient lighting. By choosing a ballast compatible tube for your fixture, you can simply take out your fluorescent tube and put in your newly bought LED tube.
The only disadvantage of this type is the fact that the ballast is still being used. This leads to two things:
- 1. There’s a risk that the ballast may fail leading to you not being able to use your tube.
- 2. The ballast also requires a certain amount of wattage to operate – which leads to unnecessary energy usage and dollar spent.
The hybrid option is your most flexible alternative when it comes to choosing your LED tube type since it works in both types of installations. This means that you can either choose to install the tube with the ballast or without it.
For example, you can start by installing the tube with your ballast and when the ballast fails you can rewire the tube directly instead.
At Hyperikon we strive to provide premium, state of the art LED tubes with robust build. Our goal is to provide you with tubes that will last for over 45,000 hours.
In order to fulfill this goal, we always recommend our customers to install their LED tubes directly by bypassing the ballast as we consider this to be the most longsighted and efficient solution. Throughout the years, our customers have seen a clear distinction in performance when bypassing the ballast.
If you in any case encounter complications with your tubes, you are covered by our 5-year warranty. Simply get in touch with our customer service team and they will make sure your problem is resolved.