Better Use of Light Bulb Act is Not Better

October 6th, 2010 | Posted in Blog | 3 Comments »

“Consumer preference already has been shifting away from incandescent products over the last five years"

In response to the ‘Better Use of Light Bulb Act’, which was introduced in September by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently reaffirmed its commitment to support the

Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA 2007). The proposed BULB Act would repeal parts of EISA 2007, which currently supports efforts to “phase out” the use of most inefficient incandescent light bulbs in the United States by 2014.

According to NEMA Vice President of Government Relations Kyle Pitsor, the lighting industry is investing heavily in new products that meet consumers’ demands for efficiency and light quality while developing marketing information that will help people understand the variety of products available to them as this transition takes place. NEMA, like Congressman Barton, understands that consumers may be anxious as the lighting industry undergoes this technology shift to higher energy-efficient products. According to their blog, NEMA Lighting Division efforts are bearing fruit, in California for example.

“The reality is that consumer preference already has been shifting away from incandescent products, with the market for standard household incandescent bulbs declining by 50 percent over the last five or so years. With lighting consuming approximately 22 percent of all electricity in the U.S., the potential for energy savings and energy conservation that the country-and the world-can realize with this change to higher-technology light sources is immense. American businesses and consumers will save billions of dollars annually in electricity bills once the transition is complete,” Pitsor said.

EISA lighting provisions set phased-in, performance-based, technology-neutral standards, starting in 2011 in California, and nationally between 2012 and 2014. The new standards will continue to provide consumers with a choice of energy-efficient lighting products to meet their needs including high-efficiency halogen (advanced technology incandescent), compact fluorescent (CFLs), and new light-emitting diode (LED) solid state products. EISA 2007 provisions do not mandate the use of only compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), nor do they “ban” incandescent products.

“Energy-saving halogen (advanced incandescent) bulbs join CFLs on store shelves today, and provide the choices and desired lighting ambiance consumers want, using much less energy than consumed by the 100-year old technology they replace. More products are becoming available every day, including energy-saving, long-lasting LEDs to fill the 4.4 billion medium screw-base sockets in the U.S.,” Pitsor said.

[via NEMA Press Room]

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  • Dan

    Does anyone see parrallels to the digital TV switch over? What I see happening is that this has phase out (for tungsten filliment light bulbs) has been on the horizon since 2007, now that it’s more immediate, some push back is occurring. Getting rid of the 19th century tungsten filliment bulbs is the right thing to do. If you can’t buy them anymore and you want light, you’ll move forward.

    I’m sure at the time of the first horseless carriages, people didn’t want to give up their horses either but they finally realized how they would benefit by doing so.

  • dan from al

    “Consumer preference already has been shifting away from incandescent products over the last five years”

    Good, let the market and the people decide.

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