In 2018 Vermont adopted a standard requiring high-CRI 4-foot and 8-foot fluorescent tubes to meet the current federal efficiency requirements beginning July 1, 2020. Vermont also banned the sale of light fixtures designed to use T12 tubes starting July 1, 2019.
Energy efficient, high-CRI lighting options are available for the special applications that need them. Though there are no T12 fluorescent tubes that meet current federal energy efficiency standards, there are high-CRI T8 fluorescent tubes that do. Switching from T12 to T8 fluorescent tubes usually means also switching the electronic devices (ballasts) that all fluorescent tubes need to operate. T8 tubes that meet federal standards paired with modern electronic ballasts use only half the electricity of obsolete T12 tubes paired with magnetic ballasts to produce the same amount of light. This means that even though lighting customers must purchase a new ballast when switching from T12 to T8 tubes, their electricity bill savings far outweigh their costs over the life of the T8 tube. Many lighting customers are leaving fluorescent technology completely behind and moving to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Tube LEDs (TLEDs) look like T8 fluorescent tubes and are available in both regular and high-CRI models. TLEDs are often drop-in replacements for T12 or T8 fluorescent tubes in existing light fixtures. Some TLEDs use the existing fluorescent ballasts, and some do not need ballasts at all. TLEDs claim a larger share of the total fluorescent tube market every year because they save more energy, last longer, and offer even better life-cycle economics. Visit a Participating Distributor to receive an instant discount on DLC certified TLEDs, or learn more about rebates for new fixtures today!