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How to Convert Fluorescent to LED

Updated April 17, 2017

Converting fluorescent lights into LED fixtures that are maintenance-free and highly efficient requires an LED Conversion Kit or an LED Drop-In Tube. The purpose of making this conversion is to combat the rising energy and maintenance costs that are taking its toll upon the profits of commercial and industrial businesses. Fluorescent lighting consumes a staggering 25 per cent of all electricity utilised in the United States. Converting to LED lighting allows consumers to conserve energy and save a huge amount of money on maintenance and energy costs.

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  1. Turn off the power before removing the grill or cover of the lighting fixture.

  2. Remove the bulbs and then remove the ballast cover; these should simply twist or slide off.

  3. Remove the ballast by unscrewing it and then remove the wire caps to expose the wires.

  4. Install the transformer where the ballast was located; use the installation materials from your kit.

  5. Install the mounting brackets with sheet metals screws. The fluorescent bulb sockets will act as a guide to installing the brackets in a straight line.

  6. Install the lighting sticks, which click directly into the mounting brackets.

  7. Connect the power wires to the transformer and the LED lighting sticks.

  8. Reinstall the ballast cover once all the power is fully connected.

  9. Reattach the grill or cover.

  10. Turn on the power to the lights and test that it is working.

  11. Turn off the power before removing the grill or cover of the lighting fixture.

  12. Remove the fluorescent bulbs by sliding or twisting.

  13. Install the new LED lighting tubes into the existing light fixture brackets.

  14. Reattach the grill or cover.

  15. Turn on the power to the lights and test that it is working.

  16. Tip

    Although using a Drop-In Tube is much easier, it is less efficient than using a conversion kit.


    Using the Drop-In tube for the fluorescent lighting retrofit will leave the old ballast in place. The ballast may be old and of unknown quality which could compromise the performance and life of the new LED fixture. This could also pose a safety issue due to high voltage.

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Things You'll Need

  • LED Conversion Kit or Drop-In Tube
  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Pheori Wiley is a freelance writer who has written articles for Helium and Associated Content, among others. She has been writing professionally since 2003 and has used her knowledge of programming, Web development and auto repair to share in her writing what she learns from her day-to-day adventures.

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