After many months of reports and articles about preparing for the change, the countdown to the phase-out of T12 fluorescent lamps is finally drawing to a close. July, 2012 marks the cease in production of many of the most common T12 fluorescent lamp types, and the shift to more energy-efficient T8 and T5 lamps.
While the unavailability of T12 lamps may pose a challenge to managing a facility lighting system, the phase-out has a silver lining: financial incentives to make the upgrade from T12s, and cost-savings from reduced energy bills and lower system maintenance costs with the new lamps.
This article from CleanTechnica runs the numbers on what facilities can gain from an upgrade to T8 and T5 lamps.
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