Newegg has the 2-Pack Collection LED CL-34T8-19W5K-ID 19 Watt T8 Tube LED Bulb for $37 + $2 shipping ($0 shipping w/ ShopRunner) = $39 shipped. Similar bulbs go for $36+ each elsewhere. Features a 40,000 hour liftime, 1600 lumens of light at consumes only 19 watts.
Retail: $80

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    swreynolds Ben's cred: 399
    Posted 3:48 pm PST 11/13/14

    Remember when you could buy T8s for $1.00 each on sale?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3813
    Posted 3:57 pm PST 11/13/14

    ^ Apples and oranges with these being LED. You can still get 4' T8 fluorescent 10 packs on sale for less than $20.

    Those are about 2900 lumens each instead of only 1600 lumens, except that these LED tubes use Epistar LEDs which makes even the low 1600 lumen claim very unlikely, more like that's what they would produce in an ideal lab environment with no tube optical losses and if chilled to 25C die temperature.

    Nevermind having to rewire the fixtures, it only makes sense to get LED T8 tubes if operating them in a very cold environment where fluorescents don't work well, or in an area frequently turned on and off which would shorten a fluorescent tube's lifespan too much.

    Quote:
    40% to 52% of Energy Save Comparing from CFL T8 and T12 Tube


    = deceptive, a typical $2 T8 fluorescent is similar if not higher efficiency.

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    schmoe90 Ben's cred: 261
    Posted 4:29 pm PST 11/13/14

    I put these in my kitchen, as I needed to replace the bulbs anyway, and it's a pain borrowing a 12' step ladder. The rewiring is trivial (pretty much cut the lines going in and out of the ballast, and join them), and 2 LED strips look almost as bright to me as the 4 x T8s that were in there previously. There is a distinct ~1 second pause between flipping the switch and having the light come on, but the main thing is I'm hoping to never have to get up there and change these again.

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