Those of you that know us know that we do not endorse products. We must refrain from this in order to remain unbiased and independent when providing our clients advice or recommendations on matters of energy efficiency. However, from time to time, a new product comes along that impresses us so much, we can’t sit still. The latest one that got our attention is a replacement for the ubiquitous T-8 and T-12 fluorescent tubes used for indoor lighting. This new product is an LED replacement tube that uses intelligent circuitry to first measure if a ballast is in the circuit or not. It also decides on the voltage that is present. Once these are knows, the circuitry adapts to the power available to provide illumination.
The U.S. Navy uses this technology for their battle and merchant fleets, but it has not been introduced to the commercial market until recently. The benefit of this technology is that building owners can start replacing lamps immediately without the need to hire an electrician to re-wire all of the buildings fixtures (to remove the ballasts and re-wire the fixtures.) This is especially important for those buildings that still have T-12 lamps but don’t have the ability to go through a complete lighting upgrade project. This way, fixtures could be re-wired as in-house staff has the time and budget so that energy savings of 60% and more can be achieved sooner. If you want to know more about the new product and where it can be purchased, please contact us. We would be happy to share.