BlogPost: Why Buy Rimikon’s T8 Tube Lights

T8 Tube Lights

What’s in a T8 Tube Light?

There are hundreds if not thousands of T8 Tube lights on the market. Ranging from CFLs, to LEDs. How do you differentiate one bulb from another?

What factors are important when making decisions on what T8 Tube Lights to purchase? The bottom-line is always dollars and cents, but those numbers go beyond the purchase price of the bulbs.

For right now we’re going to cover the differences between bulbs, if you’re already familiar, scroll down ‘Comparison’

CFL

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs work with a gas filled tube that contains many different elements. However, although more efficient than a traditional incandescent bulb they are still relatively inefficient when compared to LED bulbs. Furthermore, these bulbs also contain mercury which can cause hazards if broken. They also give a high level of heat to create the light spectrum that they do create. Consequently there are more passive hazards created with a high level of heat.

LED

LED (Light Emitting Diode) these devices have been around for over 50 decades but only within the last couple that they’ve been efficient and powerful enough to be used for more than just a signal light on small electronic devices. LEDs operate by having power applied to leads which creates photon based light. LEDs are remarkably energy efficient and safe to be used. They don’t require harmful chemicals or compounds to be operated. The added bonus is they create less heat than traditional light sources such as CFLs and Incandescent bulbs.

Comparing a T8 Tube Light

So now that we have a better understanding of these different types of light. How do we differentiate what’s important on the market. The big point to differentiate is, purchase cost vs lifetime cost. Purchasing cost is the cost of buying and installing the bulb, lifetime cost factors in the longevity costs of the bulb. We’ll break down both together when comparing bulbs.

The important factors to look at when purchasing bulbs is, Purchasing Price, Safety, Compatibility, Lifetime, Heat, certification ratings, Power consumption (wattage)

CFL

  • Purchasing Price is Low
  • Lowest Safety Rating
  • Compatibility varies
  • 8,000 – 15,000 hours lifespan
  • High heat output
  • Electrician needed for install
  • 32-48 Watts
  • Harmful compounds
  • Plastic Tubes (Will bend, yellow and possibly flame in heat)

LED

  • Purchasing Price is High
  • Average Safety Rating
  • Compatibility varies
  • 25,000 – 50,000 hours lifespan
  • Medium heat output
  • Electrician needed for install
  • 18-24 Watts
  • No harmful compounds
  • Plastic Tubes (Will bend, yellow and possibly flame in heat)

Rimikon LED

  • Purchasing Price is Highest
  • Highest Safety Rating
  • 95% Compatible
  • 50,000+ hours lifespan
  • Lowest heat output
  • No Electrician needed for install
  • 15 Watts
  • No harmful compounds
  • Shatterproof Glass Tubes (No bending, yellowing and no flammability)

Breaking down the factors of T8 Tube Lights

So what do we do with all this information? What does it all mean? Let’s break down the values to give context.

Purchasing Price

This is probably the most self explanatory one. Purchasing price the cost of purchasing the item. Many people choose to focus on this number only, but as you’ll learn the other factors are far more important than implied.

Safety Ratings

This is based on a few different factors. Content of the tubes whether or not there’s mercury in them. How high their heat output is makes up a big part of their danger. The higher the heat the higher the chance of something catching on fire. Everyone talks price but safety is really worth looking at.

Compatibility

T8 Tube Lights requires a ballast to operate. The ballast is what supplies the power to the light itself. Not all ballasts are compatible with all lights. A huge issue when changing bulbs is compatibility, you may save a few dollars per bulb but the cost of ballasts far exceeds that cost.

Lifespan

This is a straight forward rating based on ratings agencies. However, what lights are rated for and how long they last and at what quality is important to look at. CFL T8 Tube Lights will degrade over time not just from the yellowing of tubes but also just in the degradation of the compounds themselves. The lights will eventually flicker til they fade out. Even when comparing a standard T8 tube light to a Rimikon one, there’s a difference in heat. The lower heat lights will always last longer because heat is what degrades the circuit boards on the light itself, a low operational heat light is one that will last.

Heat

CFLs create an incredible amount of heat and are unable to be touched unprotected by a human hand when fully operational. Even a standard LED T8 Tube operates close to 50 degrees celsius. Although they’re a much smaller fire hazard they will still bend and yellow the plastic casing of the tubes. In addition, they’ll likely burn out faster than their lifespan ratings which only factor in optimal conditions. Rimikon T8 Tube Lights operate between 24 and 28 degrees celsius which means they can be touched by human hands without any problem. The other added benefit of low heat light is that they don’t create additional heat which can help reduce cooling costs in large buildings.

Electrician Needed?

Lights can come with numerous ratings and certifications which pertain to a number of different aspects of the light. Rimikon lights are Class 2 UL rated which means that they can be installed by anyone, no need for an electrician’s certification. While although Class 2 pertains to other things such as low power consumption and safety. This is a lifetime cost savings. Imagine if you own a large apartment building filled with T8 tube lights. Instead of having to hire an electrician to a bulb swap you can have a completely unqualified building supervisor install it. The hourly cost of hiring and supvervising an electrician being can be easily mitigated with a Class 2 UL rated T8 Tube Light can make a massive difference in the bill.

Wattage

This relates to energy consumption. As you can see CFL’s are the highest consumption of power by a longshot with a smaller difference between Rimikon LEDs and standard LEDs is about 15%. While this number can seem small, if you factor the extended lifespan reduced cost of replacement AND the power savings, purchasing Rimikon T8 Tube Lights makes the most financial sense despite the higher purchase price.

Harmful Compounds

As mentioned before CFL bulbs contain compounds and chemicals harmful to humans. This factors into the safety of the light itself. Consequently any risk of the light breaking can be a serious hazard to human health. It can also affect rebates on purchasing the lights depending on your jurisdictions.

Tube Materials

In general T8 Tube Lights will come standard with a plastic casing. This was generally done instead of glass because of the likeliness of breaking. However, plastic will bend and yellow as the heat of the bulb warps and possibly increase flammability depending on the heat of the bulb. Rimikon Bulbs come in a shatterproof glass enclosure which allows the light to not bend or yellow with time.

Adding it all up

It’s easy to see when comparing T8 Tube Lights that Rimikon is the superior choice when it comes to making a decision that’s right for your organization. The product has been developed to be a simple and easily integrated solution for any company. The added benefits are extensive when you look at the degree of thought that went into creating the light to not just be energy efficient but to meet the vast and complex needs of the modern lighting industry. As a result, Rimikon is the future of lighting, but also the solution for today.

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