In a move to eliminate less efficient T12 fluorescent systems from U.S. markets, the Department of Energy has mandated the phase out of the T12 fluorescent lamps and ballasts. Beginning July 1, 2010 magnetic ballasts used in T12 fixtures, are no longer being produced for commercial and industrial applications. Continuing the phase out, many T12 lamps will be phased out of production beginning July 2012.
What does this phase out plan mean for you? In order to keep up with federal regulations of energy efficiency, manufacturers will turn their focus to T8 and T5 systems, making the availability of T12 systems progressively less. There may also be an increase in the cost of the T12 systems due to limited supply.
Regulations such as the T12 phase out mandate can create financial hardships for commercial building owners, but there are ways to mitigate the expenses associated with replacement of the old equipment. Rebates from your local energy provider can help offset the costs associated with fixture replacement; but the benefits don’t stop there. The new fixtures will guarantee energy savings, which translates to money savings, in the years to come. Contact your local utility provider to find out more.