T12 Ballasts and Lighting Will be Phased Out by July 2012

T12 Lighting Phaseout

The U.S. Department of Energy’s fluorescent lighting mandate is official. As of July 1, 2010 magnetic ballasts most commonly used for the operation of T12 lamps will no longer be produced for commercial and industrial applications. Also, many T12 lamps will be phased out of production starting July 2012.

What should I be prepared for?

  • Manufacturers will be phasing out their production of T12 lamps and ballasts
  • Progressively less availability of T12 lamps and ballasts
  • Increased cost of T12 lamps and ballasts due to demand vs. limited supply
  • To keep up with federal regulations of energy efficiency, manufacturers’ technology and production will be focused on T8 and T5 systems

Did you know?

Approximately 30 percent of all fluorescent lamps sold in the U.S. are still T12 technology. As a result of the T12 phase out, 70 percent of all T12 fluorescent lamps sold in the U.S. will be phased out come July 2012.

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