T12 Lamp Eliminated in 2012

Today's Facility Manager

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Between 2005 and 2009, fluorescent ballast regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) became effective in phases, limiting availability of T12 magnetic ballasts in new fixtures. In July 2010, the final phase of these regulations went into effect, virtually eliminating fluorescent F40T12, F96T12 and F96T12HO magnetic ballasts from the market. This includes both full wattage and energy saving versions (e.g., ballasts for 34W T12 lamps) as well as replacement ballasts—with few exceptions.

According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), about seven percent of the fluorescent ballast market is magnetic ballasts. This is an indicator that this type of ballast is no longer popular in new construction, but they continue to be purchased to service existing installations. As facility managers (fms) and distributors deplete their inventories of these ballasts, they will have to make the switch to more efficient lighting systems. 

Lamp Upgrading with Air Cycle

When the time comes to upgrade a facility lighting system, Air Cycle offers solutions for both large and small facilities to recycle their old lamps. The Bulb Eater® lamp crushing system is a convenient and cost-saving way for larger facilities to store their spent lamps prior to recycling.

The EasyPak™ prepaid recycling container program makes recycling spent lamps simple, and offers unique features such as Recycling Reports and Container Tracking. Learn more » Air Cycle lamp recycling solutions