I have replaced 4-foot T12 fluorescent bulbs with direct wire LEDs: the fixtures were re-wired and ballasts removed to accommodate the LEDs . In the future the LED bulbs can be replaced unlike models that come with LEDs. The goal is more to have reliable lighting and ease of repair when the light mechanism fails. I also like the flexibility to change the bulbs if the light color needs to be changed.
A new T8 4ft fixture is to be installed in a kitchen. I would like to continue using the same LEDs for this property so as to minimize on-hand spares.
As I understand it, T8 sockets are non-shunted (suitable for single ended LEDs). I would like to use dual ended LEDs (shunted sockets). In practice, are non-shunted sockets shorted with a wire to convert them to shunted sockets? Or is this not done for a safety \ economic \ practical reason?