A lot of us have been waiting to see LED lamps in homes and offices. Good news! EverLED now has LED replacements for fluorescent tubes. These connect directly into the lamp, and require no retrofitting of the ballast or the fixture.
“The EverLED TR is a direct, “drop-in” replacement for standard fluorescent light tubes. It is compatible with virtually every standard, ballast equipped fluorescent light fixture, without any need for modification.”
These are currently available as standard 4′ size tubes in 5 different color temperatures. The distributor advertises these as having a 10 year typical lifespan and 20% energy use reduction versus standard fluorescent tubes. They also note that there is no mercury or lead in these replacements, and that they do not have a breakage hazard as do standard glass tubes.
The $150 price tag may seem steep but with time I’m sure it will drop. This could be very good for public buildings that do not have the budget to change out all of their lighting systems.