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Something else to start hording!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rcmodel, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Shop-light bulbs!

    I just found out conventional F40w 48" fluorescent light bulbs have been outlawed by the government, and will no longer be sold after Jan. 2014.

    What does this have to do with Reloading??

    Well, I don't know about you, but I have 8 shop-lights in the basement, 2 ea over both reloading benches, 1 over my lathe, 1 over my grinder & belt sander stands, 1 over my table saw, and 1 over the the washer & dryer!

    I'm getting me some spare 40w shop-light bulbs while the getting is good!

  2. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    We can probably thank Al Gore for that also.
  3. floydster

    floydster Well-Known Member

    Who is Al Gore?

  4. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    What is supposed to replace them?
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    During his term as Vice President under Bill Clinton, Al Gore invented the Internet.

    Bill was in the oval office playing around with cigars, or something.

  6. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    Maybe I should stock up on some 100 watt incandescent bulbs to replace them?
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    As I understand it?
    New light fixtures.
    Or new ballest and sockets for your old fixtures.

    The new bulb is a 1" dia, and new ballast and T8 lamp sockets will be necessary to work with them.
    The old T12 sockets won't fit.
    And the old ballests burn out the new bulbs.

  8. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    RC, are you sure about that? Incandescent bulbs are going away in 2014, but I find it hard to believe that fluorescents are going too. Those weird looking lights that are replacing incandescents are fluorescent.
  9. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    Things aren't what they used to be, are they? I'm loading up on 60w edison base incondescents before they all disappear. Lighting over a loading bench is very important.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yes, I'm sure.
    Not all flourescent lights are going away.
    Just the T12 40w ones that fit the 100 gazillion shop & ceiling lights in the USA!

    There was a DIY story in the paper the other day about converting your shop lights.

    And the Westlake Hardware store manager told me the same thing today when I went to get bulbs.

    The law was to take effect July 1, 2012.
    But there was enough hell raising they have extended the deadline to Jan 1, 2014 now.

    Now I'm wondering if a change from a 40w bulb to a 32w bulb will ever save enough energy to make up for the all the energy they will use making 100 gazillion new light fixtures??

  11. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    T8 and T12 use the same sockets (correct term is "lampholder"). you just have to change the ballast. while i was in college, i worked doing maintenance in the dorms and changed countless ballasts from T12 to T8. never had to change the lampholders.

    if i remember correctly, the reason for the change is because the T8 lamps contain less mercury.
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Well maybe it's not T8 then??

    At any rate the new "green" bulbs susposedly don't fit the old T12 sockets.
    And the old magnetic ballests burn out the new bulbs.

  13. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    a 1" diameter lamp is a T8

    the format is TX where X = diameter/8 inches

    so 8/8 = 1 in.
  14. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Good to know the T12 bulbs are being discontinued. In 30 or 40 years I may have change just a few in my shop and reloading area so not a big concern. But the newer ones I added in the new house have not been as long lived.

    I think I will lay in a few spares, replace fixtures once in a while ( mine are the inexpensive hanging shop lights), and save the old bulbs until the old stuff is exhausted or been replaced.
  15. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    i think T5 lamps are another replacement option, but they use different lampholders.
  16. floydster

    floydster Well-Known Member

    The gov. just wants to get rid of the old ballast's that run the old T 12 bulbs.

    Smokeyloads --- I do know what Billy was playing with in the Oval Office:)
  17. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  18. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    yeah, because they're old, inefficient magnetic ballasts. they're already illegal to make or import. if your ballast goes out, you have to go to a T8 electronic ballast. a T8 retrofit uses ~35% less energy. i would just retrofit as the ballasts or lamps fail.
  19. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    If you run all of those lights fairly constantly RC, it will indeed save you some cash- you can buy the ballasts cheaper than your DIY store has them, I'm certain........

    Look for a local co. that does energy audits- they could probably turn you on to some cheap ones.
  20. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yea, but I don't anymore.

    Years ago, I did run them all the time when I wasn't at work.
    But the older I get, the less shop projects I have going on all the time.

    The one over the washer only gets used when we wash clothes, and I haven't used the table saw in the last year or two.

    I will not live long enough to save the cost of replacing the 8 ballasts in electricity savings.

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