Retrofitting an LED tube is the process of upgrading the light bulbs and system while keeping the existing lighting fixture intact. See it as replacing the lights bulbs in a chandelier, instead of the entire chandelier.
LED direct fit linear lamps are an easy way to upgrade your lighting and save on energy with little to no effort. The lights may shine brightly at first, but you will begin to notice flickering or “burnt” out lights soon enough. If you installed direct fit LED lights and kept the ballast intact, what you are seeing is in fact a bad ballast, not a bad bulb. LED light bulbs are great because they have a life of 50,000 hours. If you see bulbs out after months or even a few years, it’s likely to be a ballast issue, not a bulb issue.
While it may seem like less trouble to do away with the entire fixture and start from scratch, retrofitting can save you money, making your ROI greater. Unless your fixtures are completely outdated or falling apart, retrofitting is your best option!
If you are new to the concept of lighting and electrical work, retrofitting a light can be difficult. Yet, for a professional, it is a fairly simple process. The retrofit process is just replacing existing lamps, ballasts, sockets and brackets with new ones to fit your retrofit kit. It is always recommended to have this done by a professional electrician, to be sure it is done correctly.