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Philips Instantfit 4 ft LED bulb / tube reduced to $6.97 at Home Depot (in store only)

gof 224 107 August 20, 2016 at 10:20 PM in Lighting (7)
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Last Edited by TattyBear August 21, 2016 at 06:14 AM
I was at Home Depot checking on lighting prices and noticed that the price of Philips InstantFit 4 foot LED tubes had dropped pretty significantly. I checked at other stores (Illinois, California, Oregon) and they are all listed the same price. This makes them much cheaper than the FEIT found in Costco or the Hyperikon ones on Amazon.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philip.../206278131
The 4000k Philips model is 9290011511. UPC 046677456597, Home Depot # 1001-473-734 (In Store Only)
These are also available in a 5000k version.

These are intended to retrofit into an existing light that still has the ballast. They are non-dimmable, CRI of 82, and a very high efficiency (claim is 2100lm/17W = 124 lumens/W). CRI isn't as high as Cree (90), but these are much cheaper.

There is more information at Philips: http://www.usa.lighting.philips.c...ntfit.html
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#2
Cool, glad to see these dropping in price.
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Read through the reviews and noticed:

"In small print it says you need an instant on or electronic ballast to use. If you do not, they will not work".

Probably good to double check before purchase.
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Thanks! I ordered 10 online for bulk price of $5.92 each + tax pick up in store!
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After reading it some more I am confused. Are these glass or plastic tubes?
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Amazon: "Usually ships within 1 to 2 months".
And these bulbs do require ballast. I've got some drop in replacements which wire direct, no ballast required, don't remember the brand. They were pricier than these though.
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Quote from Gergor View Post :
After reading it some more I am confused. Are these glass or plastic tubes?
What difference does that make? In my office I could care less.
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hmm some cheap fixtures to go with these cause im lazy today?
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Quote from Gergor View Post :
After reading it some more I am confused. Are these glass or plastic tubes?
There are a couple of reviews that state that these are glass. I tried these about a year ago and they would not work with my ballasts. I don't know enough about ballasts to be able to quickly identify what will and will not work. There are several spec sheets on the Phillips web site that list approved ballasts as well as several other specs. According to one of there spec sheets the wattage consumed varies significantly depending on the ballasts you use which can vary energy savings from 50% to as low as 21%. My thoughts are if they don't work with what you have, you are better of getting leds that require no ballast and removing existing ballast rather than replace ballast. Leds that require no ballasts are more expensive, but guaranteed to work and work at the stated wattage.
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After reading it some more I am confused. Are these glass or plastic tubes?
plastic
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I read through the reviews, sounds like it is hit or miss depending on the ballast as per brightness and energy used. I have a T12 fixture so the ballast probably uses more energy. Depending on the efficiency of your current ballast it would seem better to buy led bulbs that do not require a ballast for a few dollars more and remove the ballast from the fixture.
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Quote from Immacoolguy View Post :
Read through the reviews and noticed:

"In small print it says you need an instant on or electronic ballast to use. If you do not, they will not work".

Probably good to double check before purchase.
I just learned that my light fixture has magnetic ballast, not electronic one. Does that mean the bulb won't work for me? TIA.
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I just learned that my light fixture has magnetic ballast, not electronic one. Does that mean the bulb won't work for me? TIA.
nope. either replace your ballast or keep using the fluorescent tubes.
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so we saved a whopping $3 in this deal?
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