The Incandescent Phase Out
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is designed to implement sweeping changes to energy policies in the United States. The stated mission of the act is “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products…” Section 321 of this act addresses new efficiency standards regarding “general service incandescent lamps.”
What does this mean for you?
Basically, the A-style or Edison-style bulbs that many of you use in your homes or office will no longer be produced-starting with the 100 watt incandescent in January 2012 and ending with the phase-out of the 40 watt and 60 watt incandescents in 2014 as they do not meet the new efficiency standards.
These are some of the major changes related to lighting:
* During a phase-in period between 2012 and 2014, a 25% increase in efficiency is required for all light bulbs.
* Bulbs under 40 watts, three way bulbs, appliance bulbs, and a few other specialty types are exempt.
* By 2020, a 200% increase in efficiency is required for all light bulbs.
* All federal buildings are required to use ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products.
* The 100 watt A-style incandescent will no longer be produced as of January 2012. We strongly recommends that both residential and commercial lighting consumers choose to proactively adjust their lighting purchases now in order to assure a smooth transition into compliance with this legislation.