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  • Reuse LED Strips in Fluorescent Fixture

    LEDs don't heat up, because the diode doesn't "conflagrate" the way all incandescent or flourescent devices do. All of the "escent" devices use some form of material destruction via heat to cause the "escent" materials to turn to gas, releasing free electrons as light. LED's, OTOH, create light by first exciting individual electrons in the diode material such the the electrons move "up" to a higher valence shell in their atom. Because the amount of energy to get them there is supplied, but they leak rapidly and fall back to their original shell, the leakage and draining sheds energy, as, voila, LED light. But no heat, except the residual heat caused by any energy form passing through a working load, e.g., the electrons. Unfortunately, if we try fo...

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    LEDs don't heat up, because the diode doesn't "conflagrate" the way all incandescent or flourescent devices do. All of the "escent" devices use some form of material destruction via heat to cause the "escent" materials to turn to gas, releasing free electrons as light. LED's, OTOH, create light by first exciting individual electrons in the diode material such the the electrons move "up" to a higher valence shell in their atom. Because the amount of energy to get them there is supplied, but they leak rapidly and fall back to their original shell, the leakage and draining sheds energy, as, voila, LED light. But no heat, except the residual heat caused by any energy form passing through a working load, e.g., the electrons. Unfortunately, if we try for too much light, we get too much work heat, and we cook the LEDs, creating "droop" ( a non-technical, but accepted, term for the loss of light output over time from a hot LED). LEDs typically reduce light output if overheated to about a minimum level of 50% of rated power. But your use here should not cause unacceptable heating, and you'll love the fact that LEDs just generally don't care about ambient (COLD) temps.

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