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News 29.3.2023

Residents are responsible for replacing fluorescent light tubes with LEDs

Traditional fluorescent light tubes will no longer be available on the market in 2023. They will be replaced with more environmentally friendly LED tube lights. All residents are responsible for replacing fluorescent tubes in their apartment with LEDs once they stop working.

The bathrooms and kitchens in our apartments have different kinds of fluorescent lighting fixtures. Some of our properties also have fluorescent tubes in the apartment halls. 

Replacing fluorescent tubes with LEDs is mostly easy. Twist off the old fluorescent tube under the kitchen cabinet or on top of the bathroom cabinet and replace it with a CE-marked LED tube. You also need to replace the starter: the LED tube comes with a new one. The new starter acts as ballast in the LED tube and is needed because LEDs work differently to fluorescent tubes.

It is a good idea to take the old fluorescent tube and lighting fixture details (take a picture of the fixture’s technical details with your mobile phone) with your when you go and buy a replacement LED. That way, the salesperson will be able to tell you which product can be used to replace the old one.

LED tubes usually fit in existing lighting fixtures, so you need not change the fixture in order to replace fluorescent tubes.

Please contact your maintenance company if you have any questions related to switching to LED tubes. The maintenance company’s details are available on your property’s notice board and on our website.

General instructions: replacing LED tubes and starters

You can change an LED tube light and starter yourself without any tools:

  • Turn off the light from the switch.
  • Remove the plastic light cover by gently squeezing the bottom of the cover with your thumb until the edge comes off its groove.
  • Twist the old fluorescent tube/starter until it comes off its groove.
  • Recycle the old fluorescent tube/starter (most of our properties have a WEEE collection bin). Many shops also accept fluorescent tubes free of charge. Hazardous waste and waste electric and electronic equipment collection points also accept fluorescent tubes and bulbs free of charge.
  • Place the new LED tube/starter in its groove and then twist it slightly, until it locks into place.
  • Put the plastic light cover back on its place.