Do LED lights need a ballast?
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Furthermore, what is LED ballast?
Once the light is on, the ballast then acts as a current regulator. LED drivers convert high voltage, ac current into the low voltage, direct current that LEDs are designed to run on. Both fluorescent ballasts and LED drivers protect the light from fluctuations in the electrical supply.
Subsequently, question is, can I put LED bulbs in a fluorescent fixture? Many LED tubes are "plug and play", meaning you can just install them like you would a fluorescent bulb. For this to be true, look for bulbs that are "ballast-compatible" meaning that they can use the ballast already installed in your fluorescent fixture to power the LEDs.
Consequently, is an LED driver the same as a ballast?
The real answer here is that LEDs use a driver, which does many of the same things as a ballast but operates much more effectively. An LED driver is an electrical device which regulates the power to an LED light. It has the capacity to regulate power to a single LED Light or strings of LEDs.
How do you bypass the ballast for LED lights?
Cut the socket lead wires. The socket lead wires (most likely red and blue-colored wires) are located on the other side of the ballast and connect to wires going out of the ballast to the sockets (which should be non-shunted sockets for T8 LEDs). These output wires provide the power to the lamps.