Has anyone used LED replacement bulbs for 4' T-8 fluorescent tubes? I'm looking for opinions...
I have several twin-tube fluorescent fixtures with ballasts that are starting to go, and I don't want to spring for more ballasts (usually it is cheaper to just buy a new fixture), plus I really don't like the poisonous mercury that is in every fluorescent bulb.
I know that the LED replacement tubes don't need the ballast (you just short it out, wiring one end of the tube to hot and the other to neutral) and that they use about half the power and produce slightly more light than a standard 4' T8 bulb.
They are also $50-$70 per tube, though based on their claimed lifespan, they should last over fifteen years in my application, so the cost is only an initial deterrent.
My question is more regarding reliability and experience given the various manufacturers out there.
Thanks for any comments. (And no, I'm not related to Snapster, though I miss him and his woot.)