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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is made by the Secretary of Energy, that still doesn't give entitle the recipient to a free pass to continue using outdated technology.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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By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 3/22/2007 7:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
The City of Chicago is giving away 500,000 frees florescent bulbs to residents to reduce electricty (drop in the bucket, but at least its a nice gesture).

A few years ago, you used to be able to get a few free incandescent bulbs per month from ComEd. I dont think they kept that plan when Excelon took over.


By Christopher1 on 3/25/2007 1:49:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not so sure that it is a 'drop in the bucket'. My father recently told us to only turn lightbulbs on a late-night, when the sun is gone...... our electric bill went down by about 2 dollars.

When he set back the thermometer on the heating unit in our home, it went down 10 dollars.

There are SOME thing that he can't cut down on: the energy usage of my old computer, which is nearly 10 times that of the laptop I am typing on right now, and the laptop is 20 times better than that computer.
Also, the energy usage of our 32' TV's, which suck an awful lot of energy according to a wattage meter he got from a techie at his job.

Things just need to be made more energy efficient today, I mean we STILL have TV's that suck 20 times the energy of newer ones on the market, when they shouldn't be.


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