Can I Replace fluorescent tubes in high kitchen ceiling?

Can they be replaced with leds without taking them down without rewireing (4’ tubes)

  5 answers
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Oct 21, 2017
    It depends how old they are, many can. I can't replace all of mine (from the 80's) in my basement. I can't even get a replacement ballast, and I have gone to specialized electrical shops. I can still get regular tubes.
    Having said that, in some cases it is cheaper to install a new housing than retrofitting. The LED "replacements" are astronomically priced here. I don't want to invest that kind of money for an old system.
    Take a picture of the tube (there should be info on it) and the prongs. Maybe it will work for you, good luck.
  • Michele Michele on Oct 22, 2017
    Hi,my home also built in the 80s has the exact lighting in kitchen. And no they do not make LEDS in our size. I'm not an electrician so I can't help you there either. The only thing I can suggest is to have someone install a new light fixture for you. When they took my old down and put the new one up you couldn't tell.
  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Oct 22, 2017
    I lost the ballast in my kitchen fixture and replaced the tubes with four 48” 120v LEDs. $8 ea. The ballast had to be bypassed, and the lamp holders had to be modified for the new hookup. I don’t recommend it for non-electrical types.
    • HF HF on Oct 22, 2017
      Thanks for your advice,will probably call an electrician...better safe than sorry Hal
  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Oct 23, 2017
    If the tubes are made for 120V end-to-end it's a pretty easy upgrade. Mine were made for 120V pin-to-pin on one end, so I had to 'split' the connections on the lamp ends. Removal, modification, and reinstalling ate up so much time, not sure it was worth the $ saved.