8-foot fluorescent tubes are a popular lighting product for many of our customers. They're commonly used in warehouses, industrial and commercial settings, and in some large retail and grocery stores.
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It's happening again. One of our manufacturing partners has stopped making a lighting product, specifically compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
The signs have been pointing to this direction for some time.
Linear LED tubes have become more competitive over the years, and with that comes more options than ever. So, if you’re operating with discontinued T12 fluorescent tubes, you’re probably beginning to weigh the options for a retrofit.
But in the sea of choices, how do you know what the right product is and where to buy it? Now there's an improved option on the market you may want to consider.
T12 fluorescent tubes are hard to come by these days, but that's not to say they've disappeared entirely.
The tubes began to be phased out in mid-2012, which we wrote about at length in our post, "The phase out of T12s: Everything you need to know about discontinued tubes."
But if you still have T12s in your sockets and you're looking to save money on lighting in the next year, there are a
Can you actually retrofit T12 to LED without changing out the ballast?
Actually, yes. But before you make a decision, there are other LED solutions to consider for a high-efficiency lighting option for existing T12s.
Are you currently retrofitting to LEDs and left with some old light bulbs? Or are you replacing some of your old lights in bulk?
You might be wondering what to do with the pile of leftover lighting products. Do you just pile them up in the back of your building? Do you throw them in the trash? Hopefully not.
As more commercial buildings ditch traditional lighting for LEDs, staying educated about the environmental impact and use of lighting is more important than ever before.
Have you tried to order T12 fluorescent tubes lately?
While we still have plenty in stock in our online store, manufacturers are producing less overall.
The product has also changed. These days, most T12s will work with an electronic ballast instead of a magnetic ballast.
If you outfit your buildings with fluorescent, HID, or plug-and-play linear LED lighting, you depend on a device called a ballast.
Fluorescent lighting. You probably already have an idea of what it is. Maybe you even understand a little about how it works.
Does reading a light bulb part number make your eyes want to cross or glaze over?
Just like languages, some light part numbers can be extremely hard to translate and understand. It doesn’t help that each manufacturer speaks a different dialect.