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    LED parking lot replacement corn cobb style bulbs ( FYI )

    This weekend we just replaced 50 of our 400 watt metal halide pole lights with the Olympia CL-100W11H-55K-E39 corn cobb style LED lamps .We had replaced 8 of these about four months ago and are very happy with the light output . Plan on doing the other half of our parking lot next . We originally had thought about replacing the whole fixture with LED type fixtures but decided to got with LED corn cobb style bulbs due to the cost . The lamp is rated 50,000 hrs and has a 5 year warranty . Has anyone done any similar and how long did they last ?

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    We've retrofitted a some and they are still working at about three years. We've installed a few of the newer ones that fold out. No complaints.

    Small projects so not a real test other than they are working and do provide good lighting.
    Tom
    TBLO

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      #3
      Curious: Does the ballast stay in the circuit or is it bypassed?
      Master Electrician
      Electrical Contractor
      Richmond, VA

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        #4
        Originally posted by LarryFine View Post
        Curious: Does the ballast stay in the circuit or is it bypassed?
        They have an internal driver (self ballasted), so I would have to guess the MH ballast must be bypassed.

        https://olympialighting.com/media/5a04d6e1a36e0.pdf
        Ron

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          #5
          Originally posted by LarryFine View Post
          Curious: Does the ballast stay in the circuit or is it bypassed?
          Bypassed, for ours.
          Tom
          TBLO

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            #6
            We removed the old 400 watt metal halide ballast and wired 480 volt straight to the socket . The driver and everything is built inside the corn cobb LED style bulb from what I understand .

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              #7
              Good to know; I don't like leaving the ballast in the circuit.
              Master Electrician
              Electrical Contractor
              Richmond, VA

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                #8
                Our electricians used Light Efficient Designs, there were a lot of failures, but they started many years ago the products are "better" now.
                Moderator-Washington State
                Ancora Imparo

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                  #9
                  The biggest advantage of LED (at least from an energy efficiency standpoint) is that the light can be directed by aiming the LED's.

                  With LED there is no need to use mirrors and reflectors to reflect the light that goes up back down (with much of it going back into or through the lamp) toward the ground.

                  So my personal opinion is that it is usually a waste to replace MH lamps or Fluorescent lamps with LED replacements that just try to mimic the distribution of these lamps and fixtures. You probably wind up with something less efficient than what you started with.

                  So IMO, the only way to reliably improve efficiency of a MH or LED lamp/fixture is to replace the entire fixture with an LED fixture. Something that is designed from the ground up for the directional properties of LED's.

                  On the other hand, Incandescent lamps are so inefficient to start with that LED replacements are almost always better.

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                    #10
                    I was at a demo one time, and the presenter lit a fluorescent tube, then an LED stick with the same light output, and nearly blinded us! Because all of the light went in one direction.

                    A lot of the fluorescent tube LED replacements are a 'strip light,' with the LEDs on one side. Some will pivot a few degrees so you can optimize coverage.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by steve66 View Post

                      So my personal opinion is that it is usually a waste to replace MH lamps or Fluorescent lamps with LED replacements that just try to mimic the distribution of these lamps and fixtures. You probably wind up with something less efficient than what you started with.

                      So IMO, the only way to reliably improve efficiency of a MH or LED lamp/fixture is to replace the entire fixture with an LED fixture. Something that is designed from the ground up for the directional properties of LED's.
                      i agree 100%. I was a member of the IES and attended the Street and Area Lighting conferences for many years and saw the beginnings of LED in 2008. An HPS or MH lamp is a point source and putting in a corn cob LED lamp yields poor photmetrics. Most failures in LED sources are the driver, and in a cord cob they are in the lamp. One big issue with LEDs is heat and a new fixture will be designed for that

                      Replace the entire fixture, there are many quality mfgs now, GE, Hubble, etc. Your local wholesale house will have lighting department who can assist with meeting the IES requirements. Also look for POCO rebates.
                      I would also suggest a 7 pin PE socket instead of a 3 pin, the 7 pin allows monitoring and control, but a 3 pin PE can be used
                      Replace the entire fixture and it should be good for 20 years.
                      Moderator-Washington State
                      Ancora Imparo

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                        #12
                        Be careful who you purchase new LED fixtures from. 20 Years might be a bit of a stretch.

                        https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...ed/1134222001/

                        MTW Ω

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by PaulMmn View Post
                          I was at a demo one time, and the presenter lit a fluorescent tube, then an LED stick with the same light output, and nearly blinded us! Because all of the light went in one direction.

                          A lot of the fluorescent tube LED replacements are a 'strip light,' with the LEDs on one side. Some will pivot a few degrees so you can optimize coverage.
                          That may be a little better, but these will still be installed inside a fixture with all the optics designed for a fluorescent tube.

                          Its just so much better to fixtures designed for LED's.

                          Unscrupulous sales people will often overstate the benefits of their products by ignoring the effects the fixture has on the light.

                          When you buy a quality LED fixture, the light output, losses, and efficiency listed is always for the entire system - lamp and system. When an LED fixture says it provides 4800 lumens, that's pretty much the whole story.

                          A LED corn cob lamp may also provide 4800 lumens, but once its placed in a fluorescent fixture, you may only get 3800 lumens. Salespeople tend to ignore that last number.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by MTW View Post
                            Be careful who you purchase new LED fixtures from. 20 Years might be a bit of a stretch.

                            https://www.freep.com/story/news/loc...ed/1134222001/

                            MTW Ω
                            Yes, and what you bought last month is not the same as now, nor next month.

                            Local supply house replaced an LED fixture that suffered premature EOL. The minor problem being that, although it is supposedly the same fixture, the color difference is noticeable enough the customer wants them all replaced. Free, off course.
                            Tom
                            TBLO

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                              #15
                              Corn cobb replacement update

                              Just finished this weekend replacing the remainder of our 400 watt parking lot pole lights with the corn cobb LED style bulbs . We originally started this in January 2019 and as of now have not had any failures . The first ones we installed look as bright as the day they were installed . We removed the old 400 watt MH ballast and wired these straight to 480 volt . Very happy with the results we've got with these ...

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