New T8 Lamp Rules

New T8 & T5 Lighting Rules In Effect

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps in 2015 – however the new standards contained therein affecting T8 lamps were not mandated to go into effect until January 26, 2018.

These standards identify categories of lamps and impose minimum efficacies, which are expressed in lumens/W. With the new T8 standards going into effect this week, we recap some of the important provisions of these new lighting requirements.

History of DOE Lighting Energy Standards

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 implemented government regulation of general-service fluorescent lamps, to be enforced by the DOE. In 2009, the DOE expanded these regulations to include 8 foot T8 lamps, 4 foot T5 lamps, and a broader range of wattages of 4 foot T8 and T12 lamps.

In July 2012, the DOE rules eliminated the majority of T12 lamps. And, lower-color rendering 4 foot T8 lamps were granted a two-year exemption by the DOE, if a lamp manufacturer specifically requested it.

In 2015 new energy standards for T8 lamps were once again established – with manufacturers given 3 years to either discontinue or reengineer non-compliant T8 lamps. The three years have now expired, and enforcement goes into effect this coming Friday.

However, lighting distributors may still continue to sell non-compliant lamps until their inventories are exhausted – if the lamps were manufactured or imported before January 26, 2018.

General-Service Fluorescent Lamps

The new regulations for T8 lighting primarily impacts:

  • 4-ft. 32W T8 lamps
  • 2-ft. U-bend T8 laps
  • 4-ft. linear T5 and T5HO lamps
  • Some reduced-wattage T8 lamps

The 2015 rules changed the energy standards for T8 lamps by tightening the minimum required efficacy by an increase of one to four percent – up to the current maximum technology level available.

Minimum required efficacy for 4 ft. T5 lamps was increased by the DOE as much as 7% to 10%, while eight-foot lamps saw no increase. However, the regulations did extend the range of covered wattages for 8-ft. single-pin lamps and 4-ft. T5 and T5HO lamps.

Exemptions from New T8 & T5 Lighting Regulations

The DOE’s existing exemptions will continue to remain in effect. These include:

  • plant growth lamps
  • lamps for cold-temperature applications
  • colored lamps
  • impact-resistant lamps
  • reflectorized or aperture lamps
  • lamps for reprographic applications
  • UV lamps
  • lamps with a CRI of 87 or higher

Effect of New T8 & T5 Lighting Regulations

Back in 2010 the Department of Energy estimated that 4-ft. T8 lamps accounted for at least 20 percent of all commercial building sector lamps – as well as up to 44 percent of industrial sector lamps. This translates to more than 500 million 4-ft. linear T8 lamps in use in the United States.

However, many major manufacturers’ existing product lines already satisfied the new energy standards, or required only limited re-engineering. For this reason the commercial building sector has experienced only a very minimal impact on availability of affected T8 and T5 lamps.

The DOE estimates that over the course of the next 30 years, end-users will receive an average cost savings (factoring in energy cost savings and higher purchase cost) of $2 billion to $5 billion as a result of these new regulations.

In sum, the 2015 rules going into effect this week are one more step in removing the least-efficient and lowest-cost lamps from the market.

Detroit’s Leading Commercial Lighting Supplier

If you are an electrical contractor with questions about lamp availability or compliance under the new regulations, feel free to call the lighting experts at Team Electrical Sales.

LED Lighting Trends

Top 5 Market Trends in LED Lighting for 2019

As the Midwest’s leading supplier of LED products, Team Electrical Supply is pleased to observe that there is a new peak of expansion for the LED chip industry in 2018, and beyond.

While the current prices of LED chips are low – primarily because of competing Chinese LED manufacturing – it appears that China may have reached full capacity. This means that the US LED market prices are staying stable, while opportunities for growth in the mobile phone, TV and architectural lighting markets are expanding quickly.

According to the latest report from LEDinside (a division of market research firm TrendForce), LED market value in 2017 is projected to increase by 7.4 % year over year, to $17.16 billion US.  In this article, as 2017 draws to a close, we examine 5 of the top trends driving this increase in LED demand.

LED Trend 1
Mini LED Backlight Products for the Mobile Phone Market

Because of the current limited supply of AMOLED panels, Android manufacturers may be facing a hardship. Therefore many manufacturers are anticipated to begin combining mini-LED with a flexible substrate to achieve a high curved backlight in 2019.

LED Trend 2
WCG and QD (Quantum Dot) Products for the TV Market

While TV manufacturers still emphasize HDR, the demand for wide color gamut (WCG) is growing, and will increase even further in 2018.  Because of WCG’s increased range of “lifelike” colors, it provides more on-screen impact than simply increasing resolution – promising increasing demand.  Korean manufacturers have also developed “QD” which only requires a blue light LED chip, and no longer needs traditional phosphor powders.

LED Trend 3
General Lighting LED Market Growth

Because of global initiatives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, roughly 12 billion LED lights were installed from 2012 – 2016. However, world potential for LED lighting is estimated to be about 60-70 billion. This translates to continued market increases in the general LED market until at least 2020, when market saturation is expected.

LED Trend 4
Architectural and Landscape Lighting Market Growth

Cities across the globe continue to pour billions of dollars into tourist-enticing travel attractions. Dynamic image control technology with LED screens are increasingly popular for creating these entertainment experiences. The demand for this type of architectural and landscape lighting is anticipated to add billions of dollars to the US LED lighting market in the coming years.

LED Trend 5
Infrared LED Market Growth

With the release of various new applications that rely on infrared LED chips, including industrial surveillance security, virtual reality, facial recognition, and iris recognition, the infrared LED market continues to grow. In 2017 the infrared LED market is estimated to be approximately $441 million US – and is anticipated to grow to $699 million US by 2021.

Detroit’s Leading Electrical Supplier

Because of these emerging and expanding applications for LED chip technology, the total global LED market value is projected to increase sharply into 2018 and beyond.

Be sure to visit our blog often, where we will keep you posted on the latest trends in electrical and lighting supplies in Michigan and the Midwest, across the US, and around the globe.

Lighting Control Trends

Reducing Energy Costs with Lighting Controls

Even the most energy efficient lamps and fixtures are still wasting your company’s money if they are left on when they are not needed! Integrating automatic lighting controls into your operations saves you hundreds of dollars in energy costs, by ensuring your lighting is only in use when needed.

Today’s state-of-the-art automatic lighting control options are easy to use, adaptable to any environment – and literally “pay for themselves” by dramatically reducing unnecessary energy costs. Automatic lighting controls can switch off or dim your lighting based on time of day, occupancy or vacancy, daylight availability, or any combination of these factors. And, most automatic lighting control options are now also available in wireless models.

Below is a list of Automatic Lighting Control Systems:

Occupancy and Vacancy Sensor Lighting Control

Occupancy and vacancy lighting control sensors operate by sensing the motion, body heat, or both, of an area’s occupants. They can cut lighting energy use by up to 25 percent. Occupancy and vacancy lighting control sensors are ideal for use in spaces where personnel move in and out often, and/or in unpredictable patterns, including: offices, restrooms, conference rooms, stairwells, storage areas, break-rooms and warehouses.

Occupancy sensors turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room or area – and when no motion is detected after a specified time, the occupancy sensors then switch the light(s) off.

A vacancy sensors is similar to an occupancy sensor, however the vacancy sensor requires manual operation (button is pressed by occupant to turn on lights) – then the light is turned off when there is no longer motion in the room or area. This Combination of manually “on” with “automated off” prevents false turn-on events, thereby saving even more energy.

Occupancy and vacancy lighting control sensors can be mounted on walls, on ceilings, and even integrated in a room’s light fixtures. The latest generation of occupancy and vacancy lighting control sensors operate wirelessly – making them very easy to install, as well as ideal for retrofitting an existing space with energy saving lighting controls.

Photocells & Photo Sensor Lighting Control

Photocells or photo sensors detect changes in light levels, turning fixtures on when it is dark or overcast outside, and off when there is sufficient daylight. Photocells and Photo Sensor lighting controls are commonly used to control outdoor lighting. This type of basic lighting control has been in existence for a long time, and provides a simple and affordable option for outdoor areas.

Photocells and photo sensors simply turn lights on or off when certain external light thresholds are met. However, for indoor usage, “Daylight Lighting Controls” (below) offer a more sophisticated and adjustable lighting control solution, that adjusts light levels upward and downward in addition to simply turning lights on and off.

Daylight Lighting Control

Daylight lighting controls are among the latest, most sophisticated automatic lighting controls. Daylight lighting controls enable a space to utilize available daylight through windows and skylights – while providing electric light only as needed to supplement natural light. By adjusting the electric light output downwards when there is sufficient daylight, dramatic energy savings can be realized. And when cloudy days strike – or nighttime falls – light output returns to is upward adjustment as necessary!

Intelligent lighting control systems

With intelligent lighting control systems, the future of energy savings has arrived! These computer networked lighting control systems are able to “learn” your building’s use trends – and automatically adjust lighting as patterns change over time. Intelligent lighting control systems can optimize comfort and realize energy savings for a single room, a whole building or even multiple campuses. Additionally, integrated controls can also provide complete facility energy usage data. And intelligent lighting control systems also afford remote operation and control capabilities of your lighting systems. Giving you or your facilities manager(s) control over energy usage even from a remote location.