Although the traditional T8 fluorescent still offers an inexpensive means of providing task lighting in office and industrial settings, it does have its drawbacks.
According to Melissa Davidson of The Lighting Warehouse, "T8 fluorescents have long been the go-to solution for illuminating commercial and residential spaces efficiently and inexpensively. That is, until recently. Now there is a new player on the market that promises better quality light, efficiency and longevity – the LED channel light."
She explains the benefits of The Lighting Warehouse's LED channel lights over traditional T8 fluorescents:
Better efficiency: LED channel lights provide the same amount of illumination (lumen) as T8 fluorescents, but consume 50% less energy.
Quality light: LED channel lights do not flicker or hum, whereas T8 fluorescents often do. The lumen given off by T8 fluorescents can bother one's eyes with their bright glare, whereas LED channel lights boast a built-in opal diffuser to soften any glare or harsh light.
Lifespan: LED channel lights offer a lifespan of approximately 30 000 hours.
Slim design: The LED channel lights are elegant and slim in design, making them ideal for above- and under-cabinet lighting.
Easy installation: As the LED channel lights are super lightweight, they are much easier to install than bulky, heavy old school fluorescent fittings.
No maintenance: LED channel lights have built-in LEDs and come complete with the entire fitting so the luminaires require no maintenance and offer a fuss-free lighting solution.
The Lighting Warehouse offers three different LED channel light option, these are the LED 18 W 600 mm channel light; the LED 36 W 1 200 mm channel light and the LED 45 W 1 500 mm channel light.