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Old 11-17-2019, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hey All! Just purchased a box of 16 Utilitech 32w direct replacement LED T8 tubes, model #T81636F16-40 only to discover they aren't compatible with my old ballasts.

So my question for the pros is, can I direct wire these tubes and bypass the ballast? I'm also not certain if these are dual or single ended, so any comments or suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance for your time!

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Old 11-17-2019, 12:12 PM   #2
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What did your electrician say to do?
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He wasn't familiar with it, so I thought I'd ask some of you! Any ideas?
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What do the instructions say?
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The instructions didn't mention direct wiring, however was curious if there was another safe option. Just looking for some insight on it, thank you.
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I think you should return the lamps you bought and hire an electrician because you obviously have no clue what you are doing.
The way to make the lamps work is easy but its far cheaper and less time consuming to buy new LED fixtures in your case
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I think you should return the lamps you bought and hire an electrician because you obviously have no clue what you are doing.
Yup. This is very true. It took me under a minute to lookup those lamps and see that they will not work with a direct 120V feed. They need a functioning electronic ballast to work. The fact that he can't figure that out shows that he should not be doing this. There are too many other little things that can pop up and he can accidentally do wrong without knowing it that could lead to someone getting hurt.
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bostonPedro, thanks for your professional opinion. I'm no electrician and yep, humbly admit that I don't have a clue of what to do. I am, however, capable of following some simple instructions and directions just like we all did when we asked for help at one time. Anyone else?
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Appreciate the concern guys, thank you!
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Just do it and see what happens.
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bostonPedro, thanks for your professional opinion. I'm no electrician and yep, humbly admit that I don't have a clue of what to do. I am, however, capable of following some simple instructions and directions just like we all did when we asked for help at one time. Anyone else?
You can't even follow the directions on this forum which specifically told you it was only for professional electrician and not for homeowners and DIYers.
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Whoops! Thanks for the heads up!
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My apologies for the inconvenience, thank you for clarification Gents. Back to Home Depot!
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Pro Tip: The ones at Wally World are dirt cheap and work with T8 & T12 ballasts.
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My apologies for the inconvenience, thank you for clarification Gents. Back to Home Depot!
The guy in the orange apron will be able to accurately answer all your electrical related questions, and provide professional electrical advice
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You don't follow instructions or directions otherwise you would not have bought the wrong lamps in the first place. Instead of just being humble and smart and returning them and then buying the proper lamps you choose to ignore your mistake. So because you bought the wrong lamps you now are looking to retrofit your old fixtures because that is what you have to do as you can not just direct feed them. That is just plain stupid and costly because LED fixtures are affordable and readily available.

Its like buying a can of stain by accident when you want to paint your woodwork so you then strip off all the old paint just because you are too stubborn to admit you should have bought paint ......ok extreme example but fitting

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The title of this thread had me imagining somebody soldering wires onto Edison base bulbs.

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Are you sure Home Depot wants them?

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