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Fred Meyer had these down to 8.99 each so I bought all 11 for the lights back home. I normally don't care for the LED-fluorescent retrofits but I've seen them becoming much better as of late, lots of commercial places relamping with them.

These are 5000K and 4000K versions. Despite being rated 1800 lumens (or 1750 for the 4000K) they are BRIGHT. I tried four of them in a 4-lamp troffer in the college dorms and they far outshine four F32T8/SPX41 visually. Gonna be a massive upgrade over my well-used SP35s and /765s back home.

They're almost TOO bright, I may see if I can find some 3000K versions (Walmart has them).

They do however trip the EOL protection on the ballast here I tried them on, some sort of electronic-rapid-start. But my ballasts back home are all burn-a-tube-to-the-ground, 1000 OCV types.

I normally wouldn't go LED but being off-grid this will slash the wattage of those fixtures by over half. (15w vs 32w per lamp).

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Light Information

Manufacturer:GE
Lamp
Lamp Type:LED Tube
Service Life:36,000 hours
Fixture
Location:College, AK
Electrical
Wattage:15

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Mar 21, 2018 at 10:58 PM Author: xmaslightguy
Lowes had the UtiliTech 4pk's on clearance for $9.99
I picked up a 2nd pack of 6500k & put 2 tubes in a fixture that'll be going in daily use soon...

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Mar 22, 2018 at 08:54 AM Author: arcblue
I haven't seen these at the Fred Meyer by me recently but they might have arrived by now. I can't bring myself to change any fluorescent, CFL or HID lights to LED. I see the point in energy savings if off-grid, though I think I'm still stubborn that way. I've changed many 12v and a few 120v incandescents to LED though, but not all, and most of my Christmas lights. The hardware stores in my area charge a substantial recycling fee whenever one purchases new mercury-containing lamps which is moving more people to LEDs, spreading LEDIsease and moving toward LED being the one & only lighting source.

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Mar 22, 2018 at 10:43 AM Author: CEB1993
Nice haul, Andy! I've noticed more LED-fluorescent tubes in stores myself, and most of the newer ones do look nice.

Philips DuraMax and GE Miser forever!  Classic incandescents are the best incandescents!

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Mar 22, 2018 at 12:10 PM Author: Bert Bright
I imagine they appear brighter because fluro tubes emit light in all directions, whereas the LED tubes might only be emitting them downwards?
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Mar 23, 2018 at 08:49 PM Author: nicksfans
Almost bought one of those 9.99 4-packs from Lowe's until I realized they were the kind that run on ballasts. Wasn't interested after that, especially considering I don't currently own an F32T8 ballast.

I like my lamps thick, my ballasts heavy, and my fixtures tough.

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Mar 23, 2018 at 09:14 PM Author: ace100w120v
Yeah, I have a lot of F32T8-ballasted fixtures back home. If these do cook those crappy electronic ballasts, I'll buy direct-wire versions.
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Mar 23, 2018 at 11:51 PM Author: icefoglights
Back in December I picked up a pair of these in 3000K from Freddie's for the wraparound fixture in the pantry. Frequent switching with an instant start ballast meant it burned through T8 tubes in short order. Hoping these will hold up better. Happy with them so far.

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Mar 24, 2018 at 01:23 AM Author: ace100w120v
My initial experience has been they trip the EOL protection on an electronic rapid start ballast, but back home my burn-it-to-the-ground 1000 OCV ballasts theoretically should run anything.

Do you find yours glary when viewed head-on through a diffuser? Mine are a little ugly to look at even in a troffer with the door closed...
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Mar 24, 2018 at 06:48 PM Author: xmaslightguy
I have multiple instant-start F32 ballasts, so I don't mind that the UtiliTech's are designed for running on ballasts.
I put a 4000k one in the laundry room in place of a lamp that went EOL (light gets frequent switching/short runs, so its probably a good place for LED)

I put a pair of 6500k in a light that'll end up on a fishtank (the pic I posted awhile back)..that particular tank is currently un-setup the fish living in another tank temporarily (stand holds 2 tanks & I wanted to move it to a different spot, but do the tanks 1 at a time as it would be very difficult to do both at once). Since its not a tank for live plants I really don't care about light quality

Colored Fluorescent's such as F40T12 Red or  Green or Blue are awesome...

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Mar 25, 2018 at 11:19 AM Author: Bert
It's not really 15 watt VS 32 watt since, on most ballasts, an F32t8 only uses 28 watt or so.
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