Smart Swap

Is money lying in the street!?

In fact, it is hanging from the ceiling!
Keep your old lighting fixtures and sockets and simply use SMART SWAP™. You will have highly modern, budget-priced and better lighting at your disposal immediately. In order to reach a good CO2 balance, to lower considerably (by 50%) costs of electric power and to use modern, not flickering light, costly investments are not always necessary. Get rich through savings! Your fellow-workers, your wallet and the living environment will thank you.

1-2-3 fast exchange (we call it SWAP), and you will become partakers!

The implementation of Swap is very simple: like if you were exchanging your old fluorescent tubes (only not that often), and you can also forget about defect-prone starters, no adaptors will be necessary any more etc.:

1)Dismounting of old tube

2)Dismounting of the starter

3)Mounting of the fluorescent tube SMART SWAP

Saving of as much as 70% of energy

With the old KVG (conventional ballasts), which can be identified mostly by the starter, which is used with VVG (economical ballast), too, the power consumption of a fluorescent tube T8 with the value 58 watts (1,500 mm, diameter 26 mm) often amounts to 90 watts with old lighting fixtures; in this case, up to 70% of energy can be saved by means of SMART SWAP™. It goes for the appliances of the class EEI D (EEI = index of energetic efficiency), the sale of which is forbidden in the EU since May 21, 2005. However, the majority of appliances operate with this technology still, because the sockets (fittings, lighting fixtures) have a long usable life, unlike fluorescent tubes, starters and (if they are a part of them) capacitors.

Example of a starter of regular type

With the KVG of the class EEI C, the sale in EU is not permitted since November 21, 2005 (EU Directive 2000/55/ES). With these appliances, about 50% of energy can be saved by means of SMART SWAP™ as a rule.

In case of installation of VVG (usually heavier and larger than KVG), the saving by using SMART SWAP™ amounts to 40 - 50% approximately.

From outside, it is often not clear what kind of an appliance is installed; as an empiric rule, there applies - the older is the lighting fixture, the more it is probable that it is a KVG of the older EEI class. It goes for cheaper lighting fixtures in particular. The implementation of Swap KVG/VVG in 1 - 2 - 3 easy steps is described above, as well as in the connecting diagram “Swap with KVG/VVG".

The VVG have never set up in the market really, because they are heavier and more expensive than KVG and they bring hardly any economy of power (the difference between VVG and KVG is their input / power consumption lower by 10 - 20%).

With modern EVG (electronic ballast), no starter is installed. The disadvantage of EVG is a shorter usable life than with KVG/VVG; with the exception of the starter which fails rather often, the KVG/VVG have nearly unlimited service life. According to our experience, the usable life of EVG ranges between 2 and 7 years.

If EVG is employed in your lighting fixture (recognizable by the absence of the starter), the saving when employing SWAP™ will amount to 30 - 50%. In this case, it is necessary to by-pass the ballast, i.e. the electric power is brought directly to SMART SWAP™, which is equipped with the ballast technology; for this purpose, see the connecting diagram “Swap with EVG".

From outside, it is not possible to recognise immediately whether VVG/KVG or EVG have been employed. With VVG/KVG, the signs are as follows:

  • no direct start of the tube (delay, flickering, clicking) when switching it on,
  • humming in the operation,
  • a visible starter (if accessible from outside),
  • age of the lighting fixture before 2000, no EVG mostly
Service life five and more times longer, minimum darkening (degradation/wear) during the service life, lower maintenance and replacement costs,

With the lighting fixture SMART SWAP™ , the loss of the luminous output amounts to 5% approximately after 20,000 hours of operation, and its usable life can be 35,000 – 40,000 hours. The service life (failure of 10% of fluorescent tubes) amounts to 20,000 operating hours.

The year has got 4,380 hours; with 5 workdays in a week and at everyday 12-hours operation, it is suitable to proceed to the replacement after 15 months approximately, because the tubes T8 (KVG/VVG) lose about 20% of their luminous output after 4,000 hours (service life) as a rule, and they fail completely after 6,000 – 8,000 hours usually, in the above indicated example after 2.5 years approximately.

If employing SMART SWAP™ , we could attain a service life of nearly 6.5 years in the above example, and the expected total usable life about 9.5 years.

By 1/3 less heat, and proportionately, more light

According to the indicated operating data, e.g. 58 watts, the fluorescent tubes T8 are mostly optimised to operating temperature 25°C; however in actual fact, the tubes reach the temperatures of 60°C and more, in particular in the ends where electrodes are situated. –If they are mounted on the ceiling or in the ceiling, and if installed in addition in a casing, they can reach even higher temperatures.

Many consumers assume that the data in watts on the fluorescent tube indicate the consumption of power by the tube or the whole lighting fixture, however, this assumption is misleading. In actual fact, this data indicate the luminous output only, and the consumption is markedly higher usually.

SMART SWAP™ has operating temperature between 30°C and 40°C; the regular fluorescent tubes T5 (diameter 16 mm) have optimum operating temperature about 35°C.

The immediate saving of energy due to prevention of the generation of undesirable heat when employing SMART SWAP™ is evident. Moreover, it is necessary to add the indirect saving still, namely considerably lower requirements on the output of air-conditioning systems in the buildings in hot summer months.

Technical data

Rapid amortisation

In the enclosed table, the amortisation periods of the lighting fixture SMART SWAP™ can be seen simply. Thanks to the economy of your money, these periods can be achieved quickly within one year in the industry.

These savings concern an immediate economy concerning the power consumption only, nevertheless, there exist other indirect savings, such as.:

  • At least 5 times lower costs of the replacement of fluorescent tubes, due to their longer usable life
  • Lower air-conditioning costs, owing to the generation of heat being lower by 1/3
  • Better concentration of fellow-workers due to not flickering light, and consequently, higher productivity
  • Lower absentee rates due to illnesses (migraines, headaches, eye problems, sicknesses)
  • No stroboscopic effects due to lighting (production lines, TV studios etc.)
  • A better image thanks to reduction of CO2 emissions (positive CO2 balance)
  • No waste disposal costs, thanks to retrieval by ANS


At a new purchase, ANS takes the worn SMART SWAP™ back at no charge (by exchange) and carries out their ecological liquidation; SMART SWAP™ are dismantled, and their individual components are classified according to individual groups of secondary raw materials: glass, ceramics, in the system for disposal of fluorescent tubes, further separation is carried out, of glass, luminescent matter, metals, heavy metals in form of mercury. Caution: Any fluorescent tubes, economy lamps, mercury discharge lamps etc. constitute a special kind of waste and do not rank among municipal waste.

Light Contracting

There exists the possibility (from 1,000 units per one place) to finance the SMART SWAP™ by means of the program of energy saving; we shall take care of the replacement and of all related jobs. You will not bear any additional costs for new tubes nor for the exchange. The surpluses will be reimbursed to you during the living cycle of the SMART SWAP™, more...