The phase out is the Department of Energy’s effort to remove less efficient lighting systems from the marketplace and encourage commercial and industrial facilities to switch to more energy efficient and cost-saving lighting technologies like T5 or LED.
Will some T12 lamp and ballast systems continue to be manufactured?
Yes, for the time being, manufacturers will continue to produce the following types of T12 products:
- T12 ballasts designed to dim fixtures more than 50% of their full light output
- T12 ballasts driving 8-foot HO fixtures for Outdoor Advertising
How Much Energy can expect to save with an upgrade?
Conventional upgrades have been resulting in energy savings of 30%-40% but innovative retrofit technologies have been resulting in efficiencies of up to 79% !!! These savings often come with a payback on the investment in less than 2 years-in many cases, less than 1 year!
Are there Incentives Available to Help Me With My Upgrade?
Absolutely! They are As follows:
- *179(d) Federal tax deduction-$.60 per square foot deductible for lighting retrofits
- *168(k) Federal Tax (Bonus Depreciation)-Accelerated depreciation of 50+% of the project cost in year 1 and the remainder over years 2-5.
- *IRC 168 for 2013-Accelerated depreciation for 100% of the project cost up to $500,000.00. (Some restrictions apply-consult your tax professional or call us for referral to a tax professional specializing energy deductions.)
- Rebates are also available from utility providers such as SCE&G, Duke Energy, Progress Energy, and even some smaller, local and regional providers & municipalities.
Can T8 Lighting Conversion Violate My UL Listing And Insurance Coverage?
Many facilities managers unknowingly violate their UL listing by simply replacing their old T 12 ballasts and bulbs with new T8 ballasts and bulbs. In doing so they inadvertently put the entire facility at risk because most insurance policies will not cover fires that originate in a luminaires or fixtures which has had it’s UL listing violated in such a way.