Starting July 14th 2012 the United States Department of Energy requires new efficiency standards for the manufacture of linear fluorescent lights. Magnetic ballasts most commonly used in T12 fluorescent fixtures will no longer be produced. Simply put, electrical suppliers will no longer be able to purchase replacement lamps or ballasts for your T-12 fixtures.
The simplest retrofit for T-12 lamps and magnetic ballasts is a T8 or T5 lamp and electronic ballast. This new technology produces higher quality light and less heat resulting in lower air conditioning needs and can save 30 to 40 percent on energy costs. Portland General Electric and The Energy Trust of Oregon have more information and incentive offers to help you with this change.
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Maureen Parkin, member of IEC Oregon Will Represent IEC on SBREFA Panel
Maureen Parkin with Parkin Electric, Inc., a member of IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors) Oregon, has agreed to represent IEC and small businesses on a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) panel. The panel will include small business representatives from many trades organized by the Small Business Administration. The panel will provide comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the newly proposed OSHA regulation labeled Injury & Illness Prevention Program (I2P2). OSHA is required to have input from small businesses about the economic impact a regulation may have on small businesses.