Light Control Education

Lutron stopped selling ballasts at the end of 2023.
Lutron fluorescent ballasts have been discontinued and are no longer available, with very limited exceptions for only a short period. If you currently have fluorescent lamps, now is the time to upgrade. The Lutron Ballast Retrofit Kit by C-Flex is a simple way to upgrade at your own pace and budget. Kits provide compatible Lutron replacement drivers and LED lamps and enable you to keep your fixture, wiring and control system.

Compact Fluorescents

Screw-in compact fluorescents (CFLs) are a great energy-saving alternative to incandescent and halogen light bulbs. And more consumers are choosing to use CFLs, with the market share having grown to 26.7%, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Because incandescents use so much energy, incandescents with certain wattages are going to be phased out beginning in 2012 (see the chart below) as a result of new efficiency requirements.

So over the next 10 years, CFLs and LEDs will take over the marketplace because of the outstanding energy efficiency they offer. However, these bulbs don’t perform well when paired with a standard dimmer.Lamp manufacturers are designing their lamps to work with commonly available dimmers.

Learn more about dimming CFL bulbs

“CFL Lamp Index Gives Back Prior Gains for Second Quarter 2010.” NEMA.
† Navigant Consulting. Lighting market characterization. Technical report, U.S. Department of Energy, Sep. 2002. Tables 5-4, 5-6, and A-1.