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Choosing Single Ended VS. Double Ended LED Tubes

Choosing Single Ended VS. Double Ended LED Tubes


There are two kinds of LED tubes that are used in many different applications- the single ended LED light and the double ended LED light. Could you tell the difference between the two? If you don't, no worries, let me explain and help you choose the most suitable for your needs. Without further ado, let’s get started!

◉ What’s the Difference Between Single Ended& Double Ended LED Tubes?

● Their Main Difference

They are quite similar. The main difference lies in how you install the two. As the name implies, a single ended tube is powered from just one end. That means you just need to hook the wiring to one end to get it to work. 

On the other hand, a dual ended tube requires you to hook the wiring on both sides of the tube to get it to work. In theory, it actually sounds pretty simple, but when you start doing the installation, you’ll find that they both have their own specific pros and cons. 

    In order to know the pros and cons, we need to discuss how each type of LED tube works.·

◉ How do Single Ended& Double Ended LED Tubes work?

● How a Single Ended LED Tube Works

As we mentioned above, only one side will power the light. This means that there are live wires on only one end. To be more specific, the two pins on the live end consists of one neutral pin and one live pin. 

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It is the simplest type of LED light to install because of this feature. It is also the most common type of LED tube and are suitable for most applications, such ad flashlight and handheld UV light etc,.That’s why electricians prefer this type over the double ended type. 

● How a Double Ended LED Tube Works

As for the double ended tubes, they require two pins—a live pin on one side and a neutral pin on the other side—and are more complicated to install. However, it is the most low-maintenance type of LED tubes to have if you plan on installing a chain of lights. That’s the reason they are the preferred choice for applications such as greenhouses and LED lights for grow tents.


●  Conclusion

Ultimately, when it comes to choosing between single ended and double ended LED tubes, well have to say that it definitely depends on what your intended use. If you just want a simple LED tube light for your kitchen, house, or office, then we’d recommend the single ended types because they’re easier to install. But if you plan to chain tube lights together, double ended LED tubes are the best choice.


All in all, there is no single best choice, just the most suitable type for your needs.

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