Fluorescent Tubes

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Info on this product category: Fluorescent Tubes

Criteria for Fluorescent Tubes

Green fluorescent lamps must or exceed all the requirements for:

  1. Minimum rated life (hours - hrs)
  2. Minimum warranty (years - yrs)
  3. Minimum color rendering index (CRI)
  4. Maximum mercury (mg)

I. T8 lamps  

A. 48 inch, linear (including 32-watt and lower-wattage “energy-saving” models):

    1. 24,000 hrs life
    2. 3 yrs warranty
    3. CRI 80 or more
    4. 5 mg mercury or less

 

B. Shorter than 48 inch, linear

    1. 18,000 hrs life
    2. 3 yrs warranty
    3. CRI or more
    4. 3.5 mg mercury or less

 

C. Longer than 48 inch, linear

    1. 18,000 hrs life
    2. 2 yrs warranty
    3. CRI or more
    4. 10 mg mercury or less

 

D. U-bent 

    1. 18,000 hrs life
    2. 2 yrs warranty
    3. CRI or more
    4. 8 mg mercury or less
II. T5 lamps
 
A. Standard linear T5
    1. 25,000 hrs life
    2. 2 yrs warranty
    3. CRI 85 or more
    4. 3 mg mercury or less

 

B. High output linear T5

    1. 25,000 hrs life
    2. 2 yrs warranty
    3. CRI 85 or more
    4. 3 mg mercury or less

 

C. Circular T5

    1. 12,000 hrs life
    2. 2 yrs warranty
    3. CRI 82 or more
    4. 10 mg mercury or less

III. Electrodeless lamps

A. Induction fluorescent

    1. 100,000 hrs life
    2. 5 yrs warranty
    3. CRI 80 or more
    4. 18 mg mercury or less

In exceptional circumstances, "Limited Use" products may be purchased that meet or exceed the following requirements:

IV. Linear T12 Fluorescents, 4 foot, except HO and VHO

  1. 20,000 hrs life
  2. 1 yr warranty
  3. CRI 70 or more
  4. 5 mg mercury or less

V.  Preheat fluorescents

  1. 1 yr warranty
  2. CRI 60 or more
  3. 15 mg mercury or less, TCLP compliant if available

VI. Other T12s, including other linear and HO models

  1. 12,000 hrs life
  2. 1 yr warranty
  3. CRI 70 or more
  4. 15 mg mercury or less, TCLP compliant if available

VII. T12s, VHO and cold temperature rated models

  1. 10,000 hrs life
  2. 1 yr warranty
  3. CRI 70 or more
  4. 30 mg mercury or less, TCLP compliant if available

VIII. T9 Circular Fluorescent Lamps

  1. 12,000 hrs life
  2. 1 yr warranty
  3. CRI 70 or more
  4. 15 mg mercury or less, TCLP compliant if available

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 12, 2014

Guide for City Staff

Need help switching to lighting that's Required above? 

  • Get funding for retrofits with the SF Public Utilities Commission: 415-554-2424, TOSullivan@sfwater.org.
  • Contact Steven Mesh, LC, IESNA, Pacific Energy Center, 415-972-5238, sdmn@pge.com.

Recycling Instructions

Hang posters where lighting is collected for recycling.

In City-owned buildings, pay for a pickup from your lighting vendor or SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH).

In privately-owned buildings, use companies serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

  • Get a free on-site assessment for low-cost installation of energy-saving equipment. Contact SF Energy Watch, 415-355-3769. 
  • Recycle lighting with companies serving the San Francisco Bay Area or the rest of the U.S.

Guide for Large Organizations

  • Get a free on-site assessment for low-cost installation of energy-saving equipment. Contact SF Energy Watch, 415-355-3769.
  • Recycle lighting with companies serving the San Francisco Bay Area or the rest of the U.S.