Philips InstantFit LED Tube – LED Source First to Market with New Plug and Play Tube
By Dean Ernst
(Wellington, Fla.) — LED Source, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider that specializes in the design, support, development, project management and financing through its Retrofit, Architectural and Entertainment Divisions, will become one of the first distributors of Philips InstantFit LED T8 Tubes. The new T8 LED tubes will be available immediately at all LED Source corporate- and franchise-owned locations in North America and the Caribbean. As one of the first LED instant replacement for outdated linear fluorescent fixtures, the new tubes can use existing electronic ballasts and will allow for reduced labor costs as well as significant energy savings for hotels, multi-family complexes, office buildings, hospitals, municipalities, contractors, and more.
“Due to our close partnership with Philips, we have been given early access to the InstantFit Tubes,” said Marcel Fairbairn, founder and CEO of LED Source. “These are one of the first LED tubes on the market offering plug and play compatibility with existing ballasts. That reduces install costs to zero. In fact, it’s less of a retrofit than a simple change of habit with huge benefits. We plan to market the new tubes heavily toward end-user clients and contractors, who will be able to immediately offer this new product to their own clients.”
Standard fluorescent tubes last an average of 5,000 – 10,000 hours while the new InstantFit lamps last an average of 40,000 hours and result in a 41 percent energy savings. The availability of more energy-efficient lamps will be especially beneficial as the widely used T12 fluorescent tube was banned in July 2012 due to legislation from the U.S. Department of Energy. Some 4-foot T8 bulbs were also eliminated; more changes to the T8 fixture are expected in 2014.
Until the recent debut of InstantFit, facility managers have struggled to update their dated lighting systems. In order to replace fluorescent tubes with LED tubes, it was necessary to hire professionals to rewire the ballasts before plugging in the new LED Tube. “We understand that facility managers are on a budget and want their buildings running efficiently,” said Fairbairn. “These new lamps will allow them to stock up on LED tubes and transition at there own pace without wasting any of the existing supply of fluorescents. In addition to the push from the government for more environmentally-friendly lighting products, which includes federal tax incentives and local utility rebates, LED lighting is becoming extremely popular because building owners know that making the switch is just a smart business strategy.”
Transitioning to LED lighting provides a brighter space, cuts costs on maintenance, and saves a significant amount of money on energy bills. While LED lamps can cost more than incandescent and fluorescent lights – requiring a higher initial investment – businesses will often see the payback in just a year or two.
Philips InstantFit LED Tubes are ideal for applications with frequent on/off switching cycles and buildings that desire to be mercury free. The new lamps offer full light output in spaces with temperatures down to -22° F, instantly turn on with no flicker or buzz, and emit virtually no ultraviolet or infrared rays. Additionally, the sustainable solution is glass-free, allowing for safer working conditions.