While there has not been a formal press release yet from any of the major lighting fixture or ballast manufacturers, please be advised that this ballast shortage is very real and becoming increasingly wide spread.
This shortage is due to a world-wide electronic component shortage encompassing critical capacitors and integrated circuits. Up until now this shortage has affected primarily standard T5 output ballasts. However it has also quickly impacted the availability of High Output T5 and T8 ballasts.
All ballasts types are feeling the effects of this shortage; rapid start, instant start and others. You should also expect this to impact the availability of CFL and HID ballasts and LED drivers. This shortage impacts all lighting fixture and ballast manufacturers large and small including; Philips Advance, Cooper Lighting, Acuity Brands and others.
Please note these suggested next steps:
- Advise your clients and general contractors now to plan for missed deadlines and extended, multi-week delays.
- We advise that projects get released as soon as possible so that the factories can plan accordingly (use "do not ship until date" if needed).
- Work closely with your distributors to find off-the-shelf alternatives or if applicable a redesign of the current layout.
We hope to see formal announcements with detailed information coming from the lighting manufacturers in the coming days. We at Connexion will stay in front of this issue and post updates in the industry news section of our site: www.connexiones.com/industry-news as well as our bi-monthly Connexion Green Scene newsletter.
Regardless of which distributor you're working with, please feel free to contact our lighting or Energy Solutions teams; our experienced team of designers and project managers may be able to offer alternative solutions to help you meet critical deadlines.
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This post can be found on our new Lighting Ballast Shortage page. This page consolidates all the articles we've been posting on this issue as well as insights from other industries impacted by this electronic component shortage.