Per the Energy Policy Act of 2005 as of July 1, 2010 electromagnetic T12 ballasts will no longer be allowed to be imported to or manufactured in the United States.
Suppliers are allowed to sell their remaining inventory of the electromagnetic T12 ballasts. However, in practical terms most suppliers have stopped selling the electromagnetic ballasts months ago.
This is the first phase of the T12 fluorescent phaseout. In July of 2012 the T12 bulbs will also phased out similar to the ballast. This is part government regulations to force energy efficiency. T8 fluorescent lights are approximately 30% more energy efficient than T12 lights, plus the T8 lights provide much higher color rendering (better light quality).
A significant portion of businesses have already did the lighting conversion, but even today T12 light bulb sales make up over 20% of all fluorescent tube sales. If you don't know what your business has, please give Bright Ideas Lighting Co a call at 208-378-1889 to schedule a free lighting consultation. We service lighting in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Caldwell, and Mountain Home, Idaho. We service the entire Treasure Valley.
Ultimately if your home or business still has the T12 fluorescent light bulbs you need to consider retrofitting to T8 fluorescents. This be done by changing bulbs and the ballast in your current fixture, so there is no need to change the entire fixture. There are currently Idaho Power rebates available for businesses who convert their lights from T12 to T8. At Bright Ideas Lighting Co. we are experts in all types of lighting retrofits whether T12 to T8, HID to fluorescent, or induction or LED retrofits.