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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is made by the Secretary of Energy, that still doesn't give entitle the recipient to a free pass to continue using outdated technology.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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By Christopher1 on 3/25/2007 1:43:10 AM , Rating: 2
Wrong. When something is guaranteed for 9 years, and you are smart enough to keep the receipt and the guarantee for all those 9 years, if the thing breaks beforehand they HAVE TO REPLACE IT.

Just like my parent's cookware that they got 10 years ago was guaranteed for life. We called the manufacturer, they told us they weren't making that brand anymore but would give us ANOTHER brand that was comparable to what we bought in price and excellence 10 years ago.
All we had to do was wait for them to send a box to us, send it back with the old, get the new, which only took surprisingly 4 days.
They even express shipped it to us, which was very nice.

Some companies do not live up to guarantees, others do. You should not say that "Nothing is guaranteed!" until you actually experience trying to get satisfaction on a guarantee.

From the computer that broke, to the phone that broke, to the TV that busted and smoked, etc., my family has NEVER had trouble getting satisfaction on a warranty ever.


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