If you are considering upgrading your lighting , you may wish to download the UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc) publication on lighting upgrades.
In Short, many facility managers unknowingly put the entire facility at risk by converting their T12 lighting to T8 lighting improperly
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.
If your insurance policy is like most, it likely contains a clause that excludes coverage of loss due to fire or shock hazard if the luminaire’s UL Listing has been violated.
The following article from UL should be helpful in determining whether or not this is a concern for you. As the attached publication clearly states, in most cases such a conversion will negatively impact the UL listing.
Should you have any questions or need further clarification on any of this information please do not hesitate to contact Tim Donoghue at 704-644-1525