What is the difference between LED T8 Tubes? Type A, Type B, Type A+B. How to choose the right T8.

Updated: Apr 27, 2019


A common question we hear a lot at CIR Lighting is what is the difference between LED T8 Tubes?


LED T8 tubes can be classified into Type A, Type B, and Type A+B (we will save Type C tubes for another article)

These represent the most common types of LED tubes. Each type has their pros and cons, strengths, and weaknesses, and can be recommended based on the desired application and required specifications.

Car guys have a saying that a car can be cheap, fast, and reliable (but only if you pick two). A simple way to describe the different types of LED tubes would be to compare them to cars.

Type A LED T8 Tubes can be compared to a hot rod or an old school muscle car. These cars are all go and no show. These cars can be built cheap and are very fast, but they sacrifice reliability. Think big cams, bored/stroked motors, and lots of nitrous.

Plug-and-play LED Tubes can be compared to a hot rod or an old school muscle car. These cars are all go and no show. Old school muscle cars can be built cheap and are very fast, but they sacrifice reliability. Think big cams, bored/stroked motors, and lots of nitrous.

Type A LED tubes are cheap because most suppliers will sell them for a lower price than the other types. Instillation costs are also very low because they are plug-and play. Simply remove the existing fluorescent tube and install the LED replacement- no rewiring necessary!

Cheap and fast does come with a price. Type A tubes are less reliable because they use the existing fluorescent ballast. This means that when the ballast fails, it is necessary to replace either the ballast or rewire the fixture and replace the existing Type A tube with a Type B or A+B a line voltage compatible LED tube. If you want an affordable tube with fast installation, look no further than our Type A LED T8 Tubes!

Type B LED T8 Tubes are similar an affordable commuter car, like a Honda Civic. Type B is an affordable and reliable option for LED T8 Tubes. These tubes are affordable because they aren't much more expensive than Type A T8 tubes. In the long run, just like driving your efficient Honda Civic, you also save on maintenance costs. This is because you will never need to replace an old fluorescent ballast with Type B T8 Tubes. These tubes work directly with line voltage and don't require a ballast.


Another advantage of Type B LED T8 tubes is that they are more efficient than Type A, due to the lack of a ballast. These tubes save energy just like a Honda Civic saves gas and they are a great option to maximize utility rebates!


You might ask, if Type B LED T8's are reliable, how can they be affordable? This is again because of the ballast. These tubes will work for the rated hours without any ballast failure! Get rid of that old ballast today and install our Type B LED Tubes!



The Lamborghini of LED T8 Tubes is the Type A+B model. This tube brings you the best of Type A and Type B in one package. For the consumer who needs fast installation, reliability, and flexibility, look no further than our Type A+B LED T8 Tubes!


These tubes are fast to install, just like your favorite sports car reaches the quarter mile. Like a type A tube, type A+B T8's will work with the existing ballast. You can simply plug-and-play without the need for rewiring or changing lamp-holders.

Type A+B tubes are also reliable. If the ballast dies, you may simply rewire the fixture. The Type A+B tubes will continue working with line voltage, just like Type B models!

This speed and reliability comes with a price, just like a Lamborghini. Type A+B T8 Tubes are typically more expensive than then Type A or Type B.


If you have a project that requires LED T8 Tubes, CIR Lighting has your back! We stock Type A, Type, B, and Type A+B LED T8 Tubes. If you have any questions or need a quote, please call us today at 1-800-674-8875 or email us at info@cirlighting.com. If you would like to view more specifications and options for LED Tubes, click here to view our complete line.

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