The awesome thing about innovation is innovation. LED lighting technology has created increased choices which provide the end user, property manager, asset manager, or condo board an opportunity to find the right solution to fit their needs.

In this article, we cover both the benefits of keeping your ballast and the benefits of moving to a ballast-free solution as it relates to LED Tubes (T8s being the most common).

LED lights are very efficient with regards to energy consumption, light output, and lifespan. However, there are external factors that impact those efficiencies. The understanding of those factors is imperative to ensure expectations are managed and met.

If increased costs are a concern, but energy savings are desired, then a ballast compatible option could be the answer because it delays or offsets electrical work to a more convenient time.

If you are able to pay a little more upfront, you can save the hassle of rewiring and other electrical work down the line by choosing a zero-ballast option.

No matter which option you are considering, you must take the approach of: “What is the right fit for my building?” In the condominium market, many common space areas are running 24 hours/day and most likely do not have a full-time electrician on staff. Given the sensitivity around cost management and balanced against operational efficiency, internal driven tubes are most efficient as the building can realize all the benefits from their LED conversion.

With a growing set of lighting options, you can see why finding a trusted partner to work with can be critical to selecting the right technology for your building’s needs.

Do you have any questions about which option might be the better route for you? Reach out to us today at or 403.258.2988.