In 2000, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published performance standards for T12 fluorescent ballasts operating full wattage fluorescent lamps. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) updated the 2000 Rulemaking standards by adding performance standards for ballasts operating reduced wattage T12 fluorescent lamps.
The ballasts affected by the rulemaking and EPAct 2005 are those that operate
T12 4-ft. linear and 2-ft. U-shaped, medium bi-pin based, rapid start lamps
T12 8-ft. linear single-pin based, instant start lamps
T12 8-ft. recessed double contact (RDC) based, rapid start HO lamps
The effect of the performance standards is to eliminate many of today’s widely used magnetic ballasts in favor of more energy efficient, electronic ballasts.
On November 14, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new standards for fluorescent ballasts to be effective November 14, 2014. These new standards cover T12 ballasts as well as sign, residential “only”, T8 and T5 ballasts. Previous standards covered only T12 ballasts.
These rules cover ballasts that operate
At nominal input voltages at or between 120V and 277V
At input frequency of 60 Hz to the ballasts
Designated miniature bi-pin (T5), medium bi-pin, single pin and RDC (T8-T12) based fluorescent lamp types
Many OSRAM SYLVANIA high efficiency ballasts meet the new standards. For more information, please contact your OSRAM SYLVANIA sales professional.
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