Many businesses and homes have linear fluorescent lights which provide good lighting, but many changes have been happening that affect everyone. As of July 14, 2012 no T12 lamps can be manufactured as mandated by the federal government. But some people don't know what that means or how to tell if they have that kind of light. Let us try to help.
This image is meant to illustrate the ends of the a few of the most common lamp types. Many older homes or offices were all built using T12 fixtures. If you want to identify what lamps you have the easiest thing to do is to measure the diameter of the end of one of the lamps. As you can see above the T12 lamps has a diameter of 1.5 inches. This is easily explained by the manufacturing standard of these lamps. The "T" stands for tubular, which describes the shape of the lamp. Next the "12", in this example, indicates how many eighth inches the diameter of the lamps is. 12 divided by 8 equals 1.5 inches. T8 is easy to figure at 1 inch diameter. T5 is 5/8 inches or .625 inches in diameter.
Please keep in mind that if you are measuring your lamps and this is not making sense we can help! There are even more sizes of lamps that are much less common, such as a T10!
Next comes the question of what to do when you find out what kind of lamps you have. First, many people have T12 lamps, and when they need new lamps they go a store and get a few lamps. This is an excellent idea for those who want to do there own maintenance, but be aware that soon you will not be able to buy the right lamps. T8 lamps may work in a T12 fixture, but it is not intended to do so and we do not recommend it.
So when the time comes that you need your home or office changed over to a newer more efficient lighting system, please call us and let us explain some of your options. There are many factors to consider, such as what color of lamps you need, and if you need T8 or T5 lamps. LED's are quickly coming down in price and have become a viable option. However, there are good places to use LED's or T5's, but there are also bad places. Be careful on what someone sells you!
Many utility companies are offering rebates to help cover the installation costs for changing to more efficient lighting, but again this is changing fast. Some utilities are ending their rebates at the end of 2012, and other utilities are continuing through 2013 with changes to some of their programs. So with the federal mandate for the end of the T12, and the utility companies possibly ending rebates, now might be the time to act! Call us today for all the information.
We would be glad to show you some options, and we can do a computer generated design to show you how almost any fixture will light your facility. We provide each customer with a complete evaluation of lighting needs, power consumption, and return on investment (ROI). Let us help you take advantage of everything available to you, from rebates to daylight harvesting to occupancy sensors.