In conjunction with the upcoming phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued revised energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts, according to this article from Enviro.BLR.com.
The new standards take effect in January of next year and require increased ballast luminous efficiency (BLE), defined as the ratio of total lamp arc power to ballast input power. According to DOE, the revised requirements will help produce significant energy and monetary savings, resulting in reductions in emissions of pollutants.
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