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n:vision 23W (100W equivalent) compact fluorescent
New bill would mandate that light bulbs produce 120 lumens per watt by 2020

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 lm/W.

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 public safety.

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is made by the Secretary of Energy, that still doesn't give entitle the recipient to a free pass to continue using outdated technology.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.

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RE: government at it again
By Lord Sear on 3/22/2007 1:27:02 PM , Rating: 1
Bitching & moaning - is that all you lot seem to do :)

You don't realise how lucky you are? The EU outlaws said bulbs by 2009.

If that didn't get us down - the UK government has threatened to sell off the analogue terrestrial spectrum to the highest bidder when all such transmissions finally cease in 2012. So no free terrestial HD - just have to put up with the Sky or the Virgin monopolies.

Better still they're thinking of selling off a whole chunk of the VHF spectrum so no more wireless mics, back to cables. It'll be like watching Borat TV!!!

RE: government at it again
By Wonga on 3/22/2007 6:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the old analogue spectrum will be sold off, but can be bought by the BBC, ITV, C4, Five or whoever. Since they all offer free channels (minus the TV licence), I don't see your problem here.

Anyway, outlawing the lightbulbs: Well, some people can't do the maths with regards to using appropriate bulbs for general lighting tasks, so the EU (and other authorities) are going to make the correct decision for them.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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