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By passing the ballast

On Fluorescent to LED conversion, Any tips on the best way to do this.
Couple of my workshop Fluorescent tubes need replacing, local store recommends I replace with LED
Any suggestions?
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Hi,
What about something like this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/321089404188
Or are you looking to remove the fittings as hinted at in your title?
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@Mook, exactly what I'm replacing the Fluorescent tubes with, but I'm informed I need to 'bypass the ballast'
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@gtowen:- thank you, helpful to a degree. I could do with a little more detail, was after a wiring diagram.
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Could I ask where you get these  led tubes from,  plenty of adverts on the Internet for them but I would rather use  the same source of supply as you chaps  rather  than order from some dodgy firm.
Only other question ,  was it necessary to fit new holders that the tubes fit into ?
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Hire a qualified electrician to do the job.
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@AA good point, rural setting 3 month wait for electrican, I'd like light this month Undecided
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Only other question ,  was it necessary to fit new holders that the tubes fit into ?

No, LED tubes plug into same fittings (after re-wiring ballast)
picking up from City Electrical Factors - http://www.cef.co.uk/ branches nationwide, local branch has them in stock
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@journeys,
Thanks for that.
@AA,
Why ?
This looks a straight forward job looking at the wiring diagram.
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@gleneagles - following one of the offered links it referred to 110 VAC. Scope for confusion? If it is easy and straight forward I'm sure the LED vendor can provide clear written instructions for the procedure including the various wiring schemes/wire colours employed over the past 50 years or so.
Doing this work would make Journeys personally liable for any injury/accident arising if something goes wrong.
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following one of the offered links it referred to 110 VAC. Scope for confusion?

Only if you end up buying a site transformer to run a 240v LED tube on... Grin
110v wiring standards are the same as 240v, just the colours are different across the pond, Black is Live, White is Neutral, Green is Earth, the only difference is wire gauge (thicker over there for the higher amps used) and voltage... Smiley
But yes, anyone who is not confident or competent in performing electrical work themselves should hire a professional accredited electrician to do the work, nothing worse than a DIY electrical job that turns your home into a pile of charred rubble... Smiley
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But yes, anyone who is not confident or competent in performing electrical work themselves should hire a professional accredited electrician to do the work, nothing worse than a DIY electrical job that turns your home into a pile of charred rubble... Smiley

and getting the blame for it, from the missus !  Grin
(thinks.... wonder where electricians got the monniker  "sparks" from ....  Roll eyes )
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Aren't ships radio operators called 'sparks'?
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Yes, we were...also Sparker...  ( from the old "spark gap" morse keys... which produced a spark on contacts !) .. ... also Telegs ( telegraphists) or Tel  ( short for Telegraphist)..