The T12 Lighting Ban – What You Need to Know

Posted in: Residential on May 22nd, 2013

What is a T12 light, and why is it being banned?

T12 fluorescent lighting is often found in many small business offices. As an older, more inefficient type of lighting, it has been the target of numerous Canadian Energy Efficiency regulations that seek to curb the production and use of inefficient general service fluorescent (GSFL) lighting in Canadian workplaces. Once the ban takes effect, offices that currently use T12 lighting will no longer be able to buy replacement bulbs.

What options are available for small businesses?

Through the Small Business Lighting program offered by Peterborough Distribution Inc., eligible business owners* can receive up to $1,000 worth of energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades. The switch to T8 fixtures will provide better lighting for your office, store or workplace while saving you money on your energy bill.

The program also includes:

– A free assessment of your business’s lighting and water heating equipment

– Free supply and installation of energy efficient lighting

– Licensed electrical contractor to install the new system at a time that’s convenient for you

– Recycling and proper disposal of your old lighting

Where can I find more information?

To book your appointment for a free energy assessment, call 1-855-397-7784 or e-mail

*Businesses that have previously participated in Power Savings Blitz are not eligible

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