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Default LED tape vs replacement tubes

I’m getting ready to upgrade my fluorescent lights to LED. I’ve seen both LED tubes that replace the original units, & the adhesive backed LED tapes. Does anyone have recommendations as to which is better?
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I used the strips because the PO of my coach started replacing some of them with the strips, and I followed suit. The advantage of the strips is the flexibility in terms of colors available you can use more or fewer strips depending on the brightness desired in a given location. The strips are also less expensive.

With the tubes, you can simply bypass the ballast and insert the tube. And of course if it ever burns out, its easier to replace. I already had to replace a few of my older strips.

Overall I'm happy with the strips, but If I had to do it again, I think I would invest in the tubes, simply for the ease of installation / replacement.

Did you see John Finn's write up?
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I went with strips; cheaper to purchase. I left the ballasts in place. I just wired them (the strips) directly into the 12 VDC from the switch. Two strips may be too much in the lights over the bed; two in the kitchen under cabinet are great.

With as few hours as they are used and with the life expectancy of the LED'S, I don't expect to have to replace them. Even if I do, it would be easy enough to pull off the adhesive and redo the wiring.
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I used the tubes and they are great.
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The LED strips are generally not very bright. People think they are because you can't stare at them, but they aren't great. Most of the tubes I've seen are brighter, but require the old ballasts to operate, which I would want to eliminate as part of the upgrade.
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I have used these tube LED lights before. You bypass the ballast.
They were bright and worked great.

http://www.m4products.com/tube-lights/
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LED tubes in ours and they work well. I've used a couple different tape LED types and they have not been near as good as the LED tubes in my lights.
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I replaced my lights with the LED strip. The ballast melted over all my furniture so removed all of them. Never had that issue in Maryland. When I didn’t seem to have enough light I added a switch to incorporate another strip when needed. Still trying to figure out how to upload pictures from this iphone. If anyone has done this please send me instructions.

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I have been using both in our SP. I have been replacing all of the ballast lights with common size drop in led tubes, and the longer florescent lamps that don't have led replacements with the strip lighting. I have been very happy with both, though I have learned how to install the strips through trial and error to not cast a shadow and look odd. I find the 4500k LED strips when placed correctly perfectly mimic the factory ballasted florescents over our cabinets in the kitchen and couch areas. This winter I upgraded our porch thinlites to led and they look and operate perfectly.
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Mine do not require ballasts they are warm white dimmable item#E13BB I ED WW from www.leisurecw.com. I have 19 of them in my FC.
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