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This isn't about you, even if you do get it likely you'll recover quickly because your young and strong. But you'll come in contact with old farts like me that already have problems and would likely not survive.
Monday starts Diarrhea awareness week, runs until Friday!
seems many of us are stuck at home, either following advisories or simple fear. even sports events are falling prey to cancellations what to do?
luckily on-line shopping still works. of course when the delivery guy comes:
1. hide behind the couch and yell at them to just leave the parcel on the stoop
2. 1 hour later open the door and hit the parcel with disinfectant spray then close the door
4. 30 minutes later, roll it over with a stick and disinfect the other/underside
5. later should be safe to bring it in (with gloves)
... anyway my project
decided to have a go at replacing CFL lights with LEDs
so far replaced 1 pair for comparison, and it went really easy*:
- ripped out the old tubes, ballasts, re-wired light sockets direct to lines
- tested in incrementally longer periods - checking for smoke
very pleasing result, - I definitely know what next weekends project is: do the rest.
quick comparison of LED to CFL - non airy-fairy-theory:
- not just brighter, but actually whiter (yeah I know, depends on tube choice, but I always bought white)
- noticeably cooler to touch
- appreciation from wife.
* the job did get a bit bigger then anticipated
[I'm guessing the heat of the CFL's had made] many of the plastic parts super brittle ... fittings, wiring blocks, even some of the coating on the wiring .... (yes I physically went to the hardware store to get new bits)
[No affiliation or kickbacks] The LED lights I got are made by Beacon in Canada (so no prescription required!),
quality looks good, units well made, and (sure same for all LEDs) feel way less delicate than CFL tubes. they are direct plug in replacements.
removing the ballasts is 'optional' but highly recommended
- yes you can just plug them in but they (and user comments) say performance may be affected (longer startup, some hum, even some blinking).
And for mine one less item in a chain is one less point of possible failure.
so anyway my advice:
take this opportunity to get off your ass and get some stuff done at home; you can only read/forward so many Kelowna (also in Canada) jokes, stories and news before that gets old.
My shop used to have 5 T-12 (96" X 2 cfl) fixtures. I'm down to just 2 having replaced the others with 48" X 2 LED fixtures. The result...more/brighter light with smaller bulbs and less energy...and no buzzing or flickering!
Around the house, any new fixtures/bulbs will be LED. They cost a little more, but they don't burn hot (waste energy) and last longer. For just a little more, I can get a smart bulb controllable via one the three Alexas or smartphone/app.
Edit: My first inclination was to do what you are doing...keep the fixture and replace the bulb with led. The only kits I could find for 96'' bulbs with the right tips were outrageously expensive, especially considering I wanted to do them all. The complete 48" fixture was half the cost as a single replacement bulb and put out plenty of light so the old fixtures, ballasts and all, were sent to the landfill.
I tried CFLs and hated them. I have though replaced most of my regular bulbs with LED and I'll never look back. The only issue I ran into, and it might be different now or the brand I had at the time, is that the LED bulbs interfered with my garage door opener.
I replaced all of the fluorescent tubes in my garage/shop with LED tubes a few years back (and added more locations). SO much brighter, no flicker, and still have not seen a failure. Beware however, that not all LED tubes are wired the same. It can vary by manufacturer. Some want leads on one end only, while some require one lead each at either end, and there is often no documentation/guidance regarding this. (You'll know pretty quickly upon applying power.)
So, best bet is to stick with a single manufacturer and purchase extras.
Be happy, go there, do your best and go back home with peace of conscience
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