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You get what you pay for.

Consider that if you are thinking about purchasing products like Commercial LED AB tubes.

TCP recently found that this product was being sold for $3.99 each.  As a leader and innovator in the lighting industry for more than 25 years we wondered, “How can they be selling them so cheaply?”

The answer to that question lies in the testing we did to investigate the product.

We discovered that these tubes do not meet all of the necessary regulatory requirements.

Of major importance to you as consumers is the fact that this product fails the risk of shock test for a Type B lamp.

With that in mind, here’s a list of red flags to look for if you are considering purchasing products like Commercial LED AB tubes.

  • The efficiency of the tube is very low

A low-efficiency tube causes variations in power and power factor.  Because of that lower efficiency, the amount of tubes you can put on a single circuit is much lower than with those of higher efficiency.

  • The product does not meet all UL requirements

UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, an organization that has been around for more than 100 years, recognized as a world leader in product safety testing and certification.

UL Listing means that UL has tested representative samples of a product and determined that the product meets specific, defined requirements. These requirements are often based on UL’s published and nationally recognized standards for safety.

  • The products’ thermal temperature ratings are questionable

Ideally, you want to purchase products rated for a long life.  Commercial LED AB tubes are rated with a 50,000-hour life according to their specification sheet.

Our testing revealed that their product runs hot.  This is a red flag that their overall life rating may be questionable.  The bottom line here is if the product doesn’t last long, you will more frequently have to replace it – costing you more money and time in the long run.  That means the bargain priced product may not be a real bargain after all.

  • The product does not meet important EMI requirements including FCC Part 15

The United States and Canada have Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) requirements that electronic devices must meet. All electronic devices, whether intentional radiators or unintentional radiators must meet either the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) regulations. FCC Part 15 is a federal regulation that sets limitations on the amount of electromagnetic interference allowed from both digital and electronic devices.

Our testing found that this product failed the EMI test and was over the limit of FCC part 15.

TCP does extensive testing on all its products, many of which feature the Energy Star™ and Design Lights Consortium® (DLC) designations.

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing commercial lighting solutions.

DLC does not allow their registration mark on products nor packaging, but only on specification sheets or other marketing materials that contain listed products.  We found that Commercial LED AB tubes had it printed directly on the product.

Get High Quality Products and Your Money’s Worth

TCP makes sure you get what you pay for.  We’ll happily provide you with specification sheets for all our products, which give important information such as life ratings, and whether the product is UL and DLC certified.

If you have a question about a product you are considering, give us a call at 800.324.1486, or click here for more information.

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