Installing a LED tube in a fluorescent lamp

Installing led tube in a lamp without starter

One of the biggest problems I have when recording my woodworking videos for my YouTube channel is getting enough light for my simple camera (I now have a better video camera) to record clearly enough. When I started making my woodworking and diy videos I thought that opening the garage door and letting natural light in was the best way to get good lighting. That is a mistake. Here, in Galicia, with so many cloudy and clear days the light conditions change constantly, and while I hardly notices it while working in my projects, a camera like this inside a garage notices it a lot. The surprise comes when I edit the video and I discover that the recordings have a mix of light and dark video images.

I decided some time ago that the best thing to do would be to avoid as much as possible the natural light from entering to the garage and install more artificial lighting. I was then able to start shooting videos without the fear of those changing lighting conditions.

Characteristics and color temperature of the LED tube

I also want to gradually switch to LED lighting, as I think it will give me less trouble maintaining a constant white balance, something very important when recording videos. I already have a pair of LED bulbs to each side, and now it is a matter of installing an LED tube in the place of the fluorescent tube in the lamp I have over the worktable in the workshop. The fluorescent tube must also be faulty and from time to time it shuts itself off when I turn on one of my DIY machines, so after installing the led tube I hope to end that problem as well.

Wiring diagram to install led tube in the lamp

The LED tube I bought has a simple wiring diagram drawn on one end. According to what they tell me at the hardware store where I bought it, this model is connected directly to the mains at that end, so I have to cancel the ballast and the starter (which my fluorescent lamp does not have) and connect the wires that bring the electric current directly to one of the fluorescent holders. In the diagram in the picture it looks as if I cut the wires, but what I do in my lamp is: I disconnect the power from the ballast, and now I also disconnect from the ballast the wires that go from one of the fluorescent holders to the ballast and connect those wires directly to the wires connector, as seen in the video.

It is not the most correct way to modify the fluorescent tube lamp to install a LED tube, but it is certainly the easiest way.

See also how to make a lamp in the shape of a Christmas tree.

In the video you can see how, when connecting the incorrect end of the led tube to the fluorescent holder with current (once the lamp was modified), the protections close switching off the electricity. It looks like that end of the led tube has an electric bridge, so now I know that it is possible to modify the fluorescent lamp in another way so that this type of led tube works independently of which end I connect to which side of the lamp. Later I will continue with this post and you will be able to see here the videos I made about these “little experiments” with this led tube.

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