Lights Out: T12 Phase Out
As of July 1, 2010, a U.S. Department of Energy mandate states that the magnetic ballasts used in many T12 fixtures will no longer be produced for commercial and industrial applications. Also, many T12 lamps will be phased out of production beginning in July 2012. Now is the time to replace or retrofit your T12 fixtures with more energy-efficient technology, and The Green Savings Company is here to help.
About the Phase-Out
- Responding to new federal regulations on the energy efficiency of fluorescent lamp ballasts, manufacturers soon will phase out production of many T12s. As a result, nearly 70% of all T12 fluorescent lamps sold in the United States will be phased out by July 2012.
- Businesses and commercial facilities that currently use certain T12 systems can expect the cost of remaining T12 products in the marketplace to increase in the near term, as lighting manufacturers turn their attention to producing more energy-efficient products.
- Lighting accounts for 30% to 60% of annual electric costs for most businesses, so upgrading to energy-efficient systems can help you save energy and money too.
Which T12 Lamps Are Affected?
- T12 4-foot and T12 U-bend lamps with medium bi-pin bases
- All 40W and 34W T12 lamps except those with efficacy of 89 lumens per watt or greater
- All 40W U-bend and 34W T12 lamps except those with efficacy of 84 lumens per watt or greater
- T12 8-foot Slimline with single pin bases
- All 75W T12 lamps
- All 60W T12 lamps
- T12 8-foot HO with RDC bases
- All 110W T12 HO lamps
- All 95W T12/ES/HO lamps