It looks as though energy efficiency is still a big priority
for municipalities and countries across the globe. We've already detailed energy-efficient LED
lighting efforts put forth by Raleigh, NC. We've also discussed how Australia and the European Union (EU)
plan to get rid of incandescent light bulbs by 2009. The United States is also
moving towards ushering out inefficient lighting with H.R. 1547, which was
published on March 15, 2007.
The bill (PDF),
which was submitted by California representative Jane Harman, indicates that
light bulbs which have an overall luminous efficacy of 60 lumens per watt
(lm/W) will be prohibited by January 1, 2012. The energy requirements get
progressively steeper every four years. On January 1, 2016, the requirement
will grow to 90 lm/W and will reach 120 lm/W by 2020.
A traditional 100W tungsten incandescent light has an
overall luminous efficacy of 17.5 lm/W. A 23W
compact fluorescent (100W equivalent) has an overall luminous efficacy of 60
Exemptions could be made by the Secretary of Energy for
certain applications where it wouldn't be feasible to use energy-efficient
lighting. These include applications related to military, medical or matters of
If an exception is made by the Secretary of Energy, that
still doesn't give entitle the recipient to a free pass to continue using
outdated technology. The exemption will only be in effect for two years after
which the current enacted requirement will have to be adhered to.
The bill also notes that consumers and businesses will be
given incentives to encourage the use of energy efficient light bulbs.
quote: GE Announces Advancement in Incandescent Technology; New High-Efficiency Lamps Targeted for Market by 2010 Re-inventing Edison: New Light Bulb Will Provide High-Quality Light and Deliver Efficiency Comparable to Compact Fluorescent Lamps CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GE Consumer & Industrial’s Lighting division, a world leader in the development of energy-efficient lighting products, today announced advancements to the light bulb invented by GE’s founder Thomas Edison that potentially will elevate the energy efficiency of this 125-year-old technology to levels comparable to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), delivering significant environmental benefits. Over the next several years, these advancements will lead to the introduction of high-efficiency incandescent lamps that provide the same high light quality, brightness and color as current incandescent lamps while saving energy and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
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quote: The United States is also moving towards ushering out inefficient lighting...
quote: The target for these bulbs at initial production is to be nearly twice as efficient, at 30 lumens-per-Watt...
quote: I'm quite surprised that nobody else has mentioned this. My wife and I prefer incandescent lighting. It's more natural in appearance and just feels warmer. So I'm hoping GE gets this right and they'll be no more bickering over this issue.