Flourescent Tube Lamp – Save Money With a Retrofit Tube

Florescent Tube lamp, is there a more efficient retrofit alternative?

In any commercial organisation such as a large office, warehouse or retail store, about 40% of its electricity bill will come from its lighting usage. Most of these organisations will use lots of Fluorescent Tube Lamps as they have always been seen as an efficient source of light. But is this still the case? Is there a credible retrofit alternative?

This article is looks at what options you have for retrofitting a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp without replacing the existing Fluorescent Fitting. I am going to explore your options specifically with a 5ft T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp. This size has the widest usage and is often used for long periods of time in warehouses, car parks, back of house areas etc.

So you have a Fluorescent Tube Lamp and want to look at what options you have for replacing this with a retrofit product. The main reason you would want to do this is has to be to reduce your running or electricity costs. You do not want to replace the existing fitting as this will be expensive to purchase and to install and you want to maintain your illumination levels. Quite simply you would like to take out a Fluorescent Tube Lamp and drop in a retrofit product. Can you do this? Well the short answer is yes but with a little tinkering or modification.

The 4 main options you have are as follows:

1: Replace a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp with a Tri Phosphor version.

2: Replace a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp with an LED Tube

3: Replace a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp with a T5 version using adapters

4: Replace a standard Fluorescent Tube Lamp with a HT8 Tube

A standard 5ft 58w T8 Fluorescent Tube will use between 65w and 75w depending upon what type of control gear is used in the Fluorescent Fitting.

Each option explained:

1:Replace a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp with a Tri Phosphor version.

This is probably the easiest option and if you replacing a standard Halo Phosphor 5ft 65w T8 Tube. You would replace this with a 5ft 58w Tri Phosphor version. You save 7w of electricity, you get more light and the tube life goes up from around 8,000 hours to 12,000 hours (maybe more).

2: Replace a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp with an LED Tube

If you have a Switch Start or magnetic ballast fitting (one that has a starter switch) you can remove the starter, drop in the new LED Tube and it will work. The LED Tube uses about 25w when used in conjunction with the existing control gear. This way you save at least 40w of electricity.

If you have an Electronic or High Frequency ballast fitting (one that does not have a starter switch) then you will need to bypass the ballast / control gear. The LED Tube will work off mains electricity and you will need to provide live power to one set of lamp holders and a neutral feed to the opposite set of lamp holders. This will obvious incur some additional labour cost. You save some more wattage as you are not using the existing ballast which does draw power. The LED Tube on its own uses 20w so you now save between 45w and 55w of electricity.

The light output will be about 85% of a Tri Phosphor Tube. So that’s 15% less light but you probably would not notice the difference. The life span of an LED Tube is around 50,000 hours. The cost to a client for a 5ft LED Tube will be around £50.00 each but obviously this will come down with quantity and depend on the quality of the LED Tube.

3: Replace a standard T8 Fluorescent Tube Lamp with a T5 version using adapters

You can now buy a set of adaptors that enable you to use a slimmer T5 Fluorescent Tube in an existing fluorescent fitting. A T5 Fluorescent Tube is not only slimmer; it has different size end pins but it is also shorter than a conventional T8 Tube. A T5 Tube will typically be 1449mm in length and a T8 Tube is 1500mm. So you need adaptors to make a T5 Tube work in a T8 Fluorescent Fitting. Also, there are various types of T5 Tubes. High (light) output (80w) or High (low wattage) Efficiency (35w).

Installation is similar to the fitting of an LED Tube where you have to remove the starter or bypass the ballast for the new T5 Tube to work with the adaptors. Again if you leave the ballast in, you typically burn an extra 7w from the control gear.

The cost of the adaptors is about £15.00 to the client and the T5 Tube about £4.00. If you choose the High Efficiency T5 Tube, you will save between 25w and 35w of electricity. A High efficiency T5 Tube will give about the same level of luminance as that of a conventional T8 Fluorescent Tube and should last for around 20,000 hours. If your installation was in a food factory then you should not use the T5 Tube with adaptors unless you had a special sleeve to protect any fallout from a possible breakage of the Tube.

4: Replace a standard Fluorescent Tube Lamp with a HT8 Tube

The new HT8 Tube is manufactured by Hyperion and distributed in the UK by Titan Distribution. This new tube uses enhanced T5 technology encased in a conventional T8 size tube.

The new HT8 as a 5ft version uses 33w, emits the same level of luminance as a conventional T8 Fluorescent Tube and has a life span of 40,000 hours

Installation is similar to the fitting of an LED Tube where you have to remove the starter or bypass the ballast for the new HT8Tube to work. Again if you leave the ballast in, you typically burn an extra 7w from the control gear. The cost of the HT 8 Tube to the end client will be about £29.90.


A normal T8 58w Fluorescent Tube Lamp will use 65w of electricity with the existing control gear and last about 8,000 hours. Using an LED Tube would consume 25w and last 50,000 hours, a T5 Tube with adaptors 35w and last 20,000 hours and a HT8 40w with a lifespan of 40,000 hours.

It is obvious that you can therefore reduce your electricity consumption, reduce maintenance periods and maintain your existing light levels by switching over to one of the alternatives. But which one is best?

If you want to consider a financial or pay back basis then this can be worked out as a mathematical formula. I have designed a simple cost of ownership calculator where you drop in the wattage used, amount of time the Fluorescent Tube Lamp is lit for and the costs of the Tubes / Adaptors and you can easily make an informed judgement as to which alternative will be the best option for you.

The result will obviously depend upon how long the tube is lit for. In all cases the HT8 tube provides the shortest payback period closely. The HT8 provides the same level of light whereas the LED Tube is about 15% less bright. The HT8 is less expensive than the LED version so your initial of capital costs will be much lower. The HT8 is a little more expensive than a T5 tube with adaptors but lasts twice as long, will be easier to install and provide more light. The HT8 is also suitable for use in food areas.

A 5ft 58 T8 Fluorescent Tube using Switch Start control gear, with an annual usage of 5,000 hours at with a cost of £0.11p per KwHr will cost £35.75 to run. The HT8 will cost £22.00 a year. Taking into account the initial cost, you would expect a Payback in 25 months.

I am happy to let you have a copy of the full comparison chart upon request.

Disclaimer: This article is published in good faith. There are a wide range of Fluorescent Tubes in both T8 and T5 versions. There are also wide ranges of LED Tubes. This article has been put together as a guide only and deals with what I feel to be the most common types of Fluorescent and LED Tubes.

YouTube Advertising

The number one video site in the world is now YouTube. Globally it is widely recognised and more and more content gets added to it each day. Because of this massive growth YouTube advertising is of great benefit to internet marketers.

More and more people go to watch video content every day on YouTube. You are able to watch concert and movie clips, amateur footage, how to videos etc. The variety is enormous and you will find something you like there.

Here are some interesting statistics as of 2012:

  • Justin Bieber is the most watched superstar with 2.2 billion video views
  • Rihanna is the most watched female singer and hit 2 billion views in early 2012
  • Each day 86,000 hours of video footage is loaded to the site
  • More than 4 billion videos get watched each day on the site
  • YouTube is now the world’s third largest website after Google and Facebook

A decade load of video footage is uploaded to YouTube each day. In 2012 the company announced that one hour’s worth of footage is put on the site every second. Because of the huge growth of the site since it was launched in 2005, it has now reached the stage where there are 4 billion video views each day.

If your business is not doing YouTube advertising now then you are leaving sales on the table. YouTube was bought by Google for 1 billion. This has great benefits for your business because you have the best of both worlds here – the most popular video site in the world and the most popular search engine also.

In 2012 YouTube went into its seventh year. What a marvelous success story this site has become and it just keeps on growing. It is estimated that 60 hours of video is uploaded to the site every minute. An incredible statistic I’m sure you will agree.

It had no idea of the impact it was going to make on the media when it started out, or the YouTube advertising revenue it was going to generate. Now it is clear to see that it is the number one site for video content.

On the weekend of 21st May 2011 YouTube hit a figure of over 3 billion video views per day. These were the highest recorded YouTube views ever and represented a 50% increase on the previous year.

If you have a product or service to promote YouTube is quite outstanding traffic for you to tap into. It really is time for you to start looking at a YouTube advertising program for your business.

Recent events in countries such as Libya and Syria have seen people want to broadcast this to others around the world who may not get a chance to know what is happening. Thanks to smartphones this is now possible. You can upload a video directly onto YouTube from your smartphone from wherever you may be in the world.

You can watch whole movies and sometimes concerts on YouTube. This has helped to make the video site even bigger. Even live events can be streamed into homes thanks to a partnership with YouTube. The future looks good for the site.

The 2011 royal wedding was beamed around the world from London via YouTube. People who don’t have a television set could suddenly watch it on their computer.

The quality is first class also. Videos can be in standard or high definition and offer tremendous playback quality.

What can video do for your product or service?

Imagine what YouTube could do for your business. There are many YouTube advertising techniques for small business owners to consider.

If you are finding it difficult to attract new business or customers or are looking to expand your business then video can really help your promotion.

You have an immediate audience waiting to be informed about your products via a YouTube marketing strategy. If people like what they are seeing then they will head to your website to find out more about you.

Video articles

Are you writing articles to gain traffic? You may have submitted many articles to some of the top article sites. This is a familiar tactic to an internet marketer. However, when you start thinking about video and YouTube advertising, there is something else article related that you can do.

Why not have those text articles converted into video with sound. As people we are visual and have grown up with television. Rather than read long articles, most of which we will skim through, we can listen and watch your article content. Upload it onto YouTube and you instantly have a load of potential clients who will start watching.

Sales pages

I’ve just mentioned video articles and in the same way there is something you can do with your text based sales pages. You can have these also converted into video sales pages ready for YouTube advertising. I and a lot of other people tend to skim through a text based sales page after I’ve read the introduction paragraph.

With a video you have a chance to engage more with the viewer. When the viewer hears a voice or even sees that person talking, they are more likely to trust you. More trust equals more sales and you build your reputation in the process. How great does that sound?

To top it all, there are no YouTube advertising costs to consider. To upload and host a video there is completely free. This is so important in these difficult economic times.

Think about how you can convert your articles and sales pages into dynamic video content ready to be put onto YouTube. If you don’t have the time then give it to someone who can handle it for you.


Thanks to YouTube it has really been possible to take business to another level. More business owners, large or small, are realising just what YouTube advertising can do for their business.

It is time that your business looked at how it can benefit from using video content.

YouTube Marketing: Take It to the Next Level

No company can deny it. YouTube marketing has opened up whole new doors in advertising opportunities. Online tools are the biggest resources companies have to reach a huge audience simultaneously, and the bigger the audience is, the better the tool. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have gained marketers’ recognition as advertising outlets, but YouTube is close behind in terms of visitation and allows businesses to market their products through online video. As new add-ons are supplied by YouTube daily, the opportunities never cease!

Reasons for YouTube Marketing

You already know all the reasons to bring your marketing efforts to YouTube. You have the ability to market directly to your audience through video format while connecting with them through comments and channels. YouTube has a variety of sharing options such as those you would see on a blog or social network. YouTube users can share videos through Facebook, Twitter, email, and multiple other internet mediums. This function is perfect for loyal customers to share their success with a company with the click of the mouse pad. And your goal is to make sharing company success easy, right?

YouTube also now has a feature called “realtime updates.” With this feature, companies are seeing YouTube move toward a social network direction, making hopes bright for directly connecting through YouTube with customers. Another incredibly useful feature for marketers is YouTube’s Insight Statistics and Data on videos. This allows you to keep track of how many views your video receives, the success rate of your video’s message through ratings, and basic viewer demographics. And guess what? It’s free.

Through YouTube, viewers also have the ability to comment on videos. The entire point of marketing is to interact with viewers in a way that brings products and people together! Online, people have no problem speaking their mind. When viewers comment on videos, marketers automatically get honest responses over the current videos and receive ideas for new ones.

Four Ways to Step Your YouTube Marketing Up a Notch

1. Researching the Audience

This goes back to Marketing 101. Research is the core of your YouTube marketing strategy. Before ever turning on the video software, some serious research needs to be done to find out exactly what keywords are going to be necessary for your video to obtain views. Keyword search will tell you the demand for the product or service, the YouTube competition you will be facing, and the audience that is looking for you. Keyword searches should be done for YouTube. Do not base a video off of Google keyword searches. Find a reportedly productive YouTube keyword search tool and depend on it for your video’s keywords.

2. Keeping It Short

Be wary of the length. Video ads should be short and to the point. They need to audience specific and last within about 3 minutes. Three minutes is the general deadline for an audience’s focus, and after this time period you will probably lose their attention. Dividing long videos into shorter ones can be a way to hook the audience while explaining all that needs to be explained in a video series.

3. Creativity

Utilize the keywords you found in your search in a creative way. People on YouTube expect entertainment, not a boring ad that plays before the video they actually want to see. Be creative with your video! Only the videos that make people actually respond will ever show a productive influence as a marketing strategy. Captivate the audience while still providing a good portrayal of the product or service you provide. When the YouTube audience happens to find your keyword optimized, entertaining video, you could go viral. Every company wants a positive video everywhere; it gives them good, free publicity!

4. Incentives

People love free things. By providing a way for people to receive free samples of products or services, marketers can boost their popularity and create some serious talk about their company. This is easy for content on the web with a free download; non-web based products can be provided by mail. Once the audience loves what they experience, they are sure to go back on your YouTube channel and comment!