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Bypass - Hardwire T8 LED

No Ballast Needed / Hardwired T8 LED Tube

Hard Wired, power to one end (This type you would use a non- shunted socket for and bypass the existing ballast.) No driver or ballast required, the driver is internal. The reason T8 LED requires non-shunted sockets is that the LED lamp is single end-powered. With shunted sockets, they work with fluorescent because you can utilize sockets on both ends of the fixture to complete the circuit, but with LED you’d be forced to put live AND neutral into the same side of the same socket, which would not work.

Pros – No need to replace or maintain that ballast

Cons – Safety concerns over someone down the line putting in a fluorescent tube and it malfunctioning or possibly exploding due to the direct line current not being regulated through a ballast. Currently there is a sticker that installers are instructed  to be apply at the time of the retrofit to alert that the wiring has been altered.

This method is also labor intensive and requires a licensed electrician and may void the UL classification of the fixtures.

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