It’s a good thing research and development continues by large companies, or we’d be stuck with old, inefficient technology. I just got an email today about some new Halco 4’ T8 fluorescent lamps. T8 is an indicator for the long tube lamps you see used in great quantity in businesses, grocery stores, etc.
Halco has improved on this standard bulb, the 4’ T8 32 watt fluorescent tube, by creating the same size and luminous bulb but using only 25 watts instead of 32. That’s an over 20% reduction of energy usage for the same light output! Extrapolate this reduction into the extremely widespread use of this type of bulb and you’ve got an instant energy reduction with no need for new fixtures or even ballasts.
It’s this type of engineering and perseverance in improving current straight T8 fluorescent tube
technology that reduces our energy consumption and ultimately saves everyone a lot of money. A lot of people “look to the future”, but the reality is that the future becomes the present every day. With these more efficient lamps and the mindset to continue creating and improving them we reduce our impact on the environment and create ever more futures to become the present.
The next time you’re out shopping for groceries, or dropping by an electronics store, look at the ceiling and notice the rows and rows of fluorescent lights. The energy required to run them nearly all day is quite a bit. If we could replace every 4’ T8 32 watt lamp with the new 25 watt version, we would garner a reduction in energy usage on a massive scale. Let’s hope companies put forth the capital to replace their lamps with far more efficient lamps; they’ll do more than save money in the long run. They’ll go green
and be affecting multiple positive changes for the environment and our future.