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YMMV - Lowe's Clearance - 2-pack 48-in/4-ft GE Linear LED Tube Lights 3000K/4000K/5000K ELECTRONIC BALLAST REQUIRED $8.38 - $11.18

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Lowe's has 2-packs of GE linear LED tube lights (replacement for fluorescent) on clearance for prices ranging from $8.38 - $11.18 per pack, depending on light temperature (available in 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K) and what store you get them from. All three versions are available from the single product page on lowes.com, and there are 4 additional separate 5000K pairs on clearance with their own pages (unsure of the difference). Inventory check links posted below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These bulbs require an electronic ballast to operate. Magnetic ballasts and ballast bypass will not work. If you aren't sure whether your fixture has an electronic or magnetic ballast, look at the bare bulbs through your phone's camera. If you see cascading lines in the tubes (barber pole effect), then it is magnetic and will not work with these lights unless replaced. Amazon has fairly inexpensive electronic ballasts in a variety of bulb quantities. While replacing is an extra cost, the benefit is that the fixture will still be compatible with most fluorescent bulbs and many LED bulbs, and it can reduce buzzing and flickering in fluorescents. Good guide on ballasts available here [lampshoponline.com].

Lowe's Product Page for 3000K/4000K/5000K 2-Packs [lowes.com]
Lowe's Product Page for 5000K 2-Pack (A) [lowes.com]
Lowe's Product Page for 5000K 2-Pack (B) [lowes.com]
Lowe's Product Page for 5000K 2-Pack (C) [lowes.com]
Lowe's Product Page for 5000K 2-Pack (D) [lowes.com]

3000K (Warm White) Inventory Checker [brickseek.com]
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5000K (Daylight) Inventory Checker (from 3-product page) [brickseek.com]
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Anyone familiar with electric explain if these will save any power at all compared to regular bulbs? Won't you still need to power the ballast?
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Anyone familiar with electric explain if these will save any power at all compared to regular bulbs? Won't you still need to power the ballast?
I don't have exact numbers but yes you will save power, lots if they are on all day, every day.

You can argue that these may put out much higher "quality" light too.
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Anyone familiar with electric explain if these will save any power at all compared to regular bulbs? Won't you still need to power the ballast?
yes but the ballast is not going to be pushing as much out so yes you save power. You don't save as much as without a ballast since ballasts themselves have an efficiency rating but for a plug and play solution this works for a lot of people.
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yes but the ballast is not going to be pushing as much out so yes you save power. You don't save as much as without a ballast since ballasts themselves have an efficiency rating but for a plug and play solution this works for a lot of people.
Plug and play provided they already have an electronic ballast.
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I used this kind of replacement in an apartment where I didn't want to mess with the ballasts.
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Anyone familiar with electric explain if these will save any power at all compared to regular bulbs? Won't you still need to power the ballast?
Yes they use just about half the power of a regular T8 fluorescent. 15w vs 32w. +/- 2 watts due to the ballast factor. The quality of light is much better, better CRI.
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Now if someone can put a link to the right fixture ... It will be a complete deal.
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1800 lumens is not that much
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Don't mess with replacing the ballasts if your existing ballast is not compatible.
Eliminate the ballast and go with ballast bypass LED tubes. Very easy to re-wire your fluorescent fixture to use these. Just follow simple instructions. Both single and double ended available in different quantities available fairly cheap on Amazon.
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Don't mess with replacing the ballasts if your existing ballast is not compatible.
Eliminate the ballast and go with ballast bypass LED tubes. Very easy to re-wire your fluorescent fixture to use these. Just follow simple instructions. Both single and double ended available in different quantities available fairly cheap on Amazon.
While I don't have a problem with ballast bypass and agree that the process is easy (I have that setup in my garage), there are advantages to wiring in an electronic ballast. The biggest is that the fixture can still accept fluorescent bulbs. That may seem silly, but the tech isn't obsolete at this point, and it means folks who still have extra fluorescent bulbs can keep them as backup instead of losing out on the investment entirely. There are even those who like to mix LED and fluorescent in the same fixture to get just the right combined luminance and light temperature, and you can do that with an electronic ballast. Plus, while bypass is easy, replacing magnetic with electronic isn't exactly difficult, and the ballasts go for around $12-15 on Amazon.

Just saying, to each their own. I don't think it's necessary to wholesale discourage folks from ballast replacement.
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1800 lumens is not that much
It adds up when you have 2-4 together.
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If you had to replace ballasts too, wouldn't it be better to just buy a whole new light fixture?
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If you had to replace ballasts too, wouldn't it be better to just buy a whole new light fixture?
Not by a long shot. I bought a new electronic ballast for about $15 on Amazon for a 4-bulb fixture in my kitchen. Replacing that entire thing can cost hundreds of dollars, plus the work of the actual replacing. Even the shop lights that hang from chains and use conventional outlets for power can run well over $100 for decent ones. This is a bit like asking if you should replace an entire clothes dryer because a belt wore out. (Not trying to be rude, just wanting to give an example of the price difference).

Also, my rule of thumb: never replace what you can repair.
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Not by a long shot. I bought a new electronic ballast for about $15 on Amazon for a 4-bulb fixture in my kitchen. Replacing that entire thing can cost hundreds of dollars, plus the work of the actual replacing. Even the shop lights that hang from chains and use conventional outlets for power can run well over $100 for decent ones. This is a bit like asking if you should replace an entire clothes dryer because a belt wore out. (Not trying to be rude, just wanting to give an example of the price difference).

Also, my rule of thumb: never replace what you can repair.
I was just thinking about shop lights. I forget some people have these in their kitchen.
Personally if I had them in my kitchen, I would get a different fixture.

But decent LED shop lights are extremely cheap. Not sure where you get over $100.
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