Re: Are 40w cool whites becoming scarce?

>From: Neil Frank <nfrank at mindspring_com>
>Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 20:49:25 -0500
>Subject: Are 40w cool whites becoming scarce?
>Someone in Wisconsin wrote me to say that he was not able to find 40w
>coolwhite bulbs, but instead a 25w "efficient type" that they claim are
>almost as bright to human eyes, and still cool white spec.
>>Some salesman at Ace hardware told me this after I'd been
>>to four other places with no luck finding the most common bulb in the universe.
>>He said that the lumens were slightly less but not to the degree of the
>>energy savings in wattage (they had to attend a seminar on it to explain to
>>customers).  The original 40w CW is replaced by a 35w EE "energy efficient"
>>which doesn't work with the "shop-lite" type ballasts, so they created
>>a 25W CW for shop-lite ballasts since the original 40W CW didn't work
>>efficiently with them anyway.  "To the human eye you can hardly tell the
>>difference'" he tells me.
>Is this true elsewhere in the country? Caused by National EE legislation or
>just in WI??
>Neil Frank      Aquatic Gardeners Association         Raleigh, NC

Congress passed the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) which
besides calling for more energy labeling, it also calls for the phasing out
of all commercial use of 40w cool white bulbs.  They're replacing the 
40W CW T12 bulbs with 34 Watt T8 bulbs and energy saving electronic ballast.

As mentioned on this list several times, these bulbs and ballast produce
about the same amount of light with about half the total energy being
used.(bulbs + ballast)  Eventually, this means to every day folks is 
that 40W T12 bulbs are going to get harder and harder to find as the bulb
manufacture begin the phasing out production of this type of bulb.

I'm not sure what the Aquarium bulb/hood manufactures are going to do.
Ron Wozniak  Allentown PA, USA
rjwozniak at lucent_com