When upgrading from fluorescent T8 bulbs to T8 LED bulbs, you have two installation options. You can either find a T8 plug and play or hybrid tube that is rated to work with your existing ballast, or you can bypass the ballast and use a direct wire LED T8. Direct wire T8 bulbs are the most popular because it eliminates the ballast, a weak point, which is more likely to fail before the new LED tubes. Ballasts also require electricity, so bypassing them and using direct wire bulbs provides additional energy savings every month. If you’re comfortable around electricity and have the expertise to install electrical equipment, this blog post tells you how to safely remove the ballast for direct wire installation of LED T8 tubes.