5 Facts FMs Should Know About New Lighting Regulations

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The year 2012 has brought with it several new lighting regulatory changes of note for facility managers. These changes come on the heels of recent, significant lighting-related legislation including the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) in 2005, and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

The changes include new regulations implementing the gradual halt in the production of some incandescent light bulbs, as well as the phase-out of the manufacture of many T12 ballasts and certain high-wattage reflector lamps. Here are 5 facts every FM should know to stay current with these changes:

1. Lighting efficiency standards are changing due to the introduction of newer, much more efficient lighting technologies.

2. Legacy lamp types affected include incandescent A-line, T12 linear fluorescent, low-efficiency T8, and halogen PAR.

3. As of January 2012, the incandescent A-line is no longer being produced and as of July 2012, the affected T12 and halogen PAR technologies have ceased production.

4. Replacement solutions for these technologies exist, including high-efficiency T8 lamps equipped with electronic ballasts, high-efficiency halogen PARs, and LEDs.

5. FMs stand to gain from these changes through energy and maintenance cost reductions using higher-efficiency lighting systems, tax deductions for lighting upgrades, and the positive PR that comes from being a "green" building.

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