Why do they hate the bulbs?

Senator Michelle Bachmann
January 15th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

Once again, some members of the House are trying to turn back a train that has already left the station. They have inserted a light bulb rider in the 2014 omnibus spending bill which would prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the light bulb standards enacted in 2007 and signed into law by | Read More

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Can we stop with the repeal of the bulb ban…PLEASE?

LED bulbs
January 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 6 Comments

Even though the bill was passed in 2007, signed by President George W. Bush, has widespread support by the lighting industry and will save consumers millions on energy costs,  there are still some members of the GOP who think that energy efficient bulbs are bad for Americans. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) on Wednesday proposed legislation | Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments Wane During Q2 ’13

October 9th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via LightNow Shipments of traditional A-line incandescent lamps, as measured by NEMA’s lamp shipment index, decreased for the third consecutive quarter in Q2 2013, reaching a low point for the series. Second quarter activity showed a decline of 8.6% from the previous quarter. Moreover, the index fell by 20.6% on a year-over-year basis. Compact fluorescent | Read More

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Are CFL Safety Issues an Urban Myth?

Photo credit: USA today
June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

“Absolutely, categorically untrue. An urban myth.” That’s how National Lighting Bureau (NLB) Chair Howard P. Lewisdescribes claims that compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs) pose a fire hazard when they reach the end of their lives. Mr. Lewis, who represents the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) on the Bureau’s board of directors, dismissed the claim as | Read More

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Buying Bulbs Based on Lumens

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Since the first screw base and socket bulbs came were made in 1882, lamps were purchased based on wattage used.  Fast-forward 130 years and there is a new metric for light bulbs and it is “lumens”. Lumens are a measurement for the amount of light produced. This makes a lot of sense since we buy | Read More

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The Life Cycle Energy Consumption of LED Lamps

April 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 2 Comments

Guest post by Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although LED lighting has many potential advantages, energy savings is the one that attracts the most attention. But the energy savings during the course of a product’s lifetime only tell part of the story. To gauge a product’s full impact – not only in terms of | Read More

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When Did Using Less Energy Become Un-American?

January 30th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Featured | 3 Comments

With the unexpected consternation about the new light bulb regulations, it feels that doing something positive for the country has denigrated into political fodder.

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EcoPinion Survey: Americans Support Bulb Phase Out

July 8th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Are Americans installing more energy efficient lighting in their homes? What do they like or dislike about CFLs and LEDs compared to traditional bulbs? Do Americans know about the mandate for higher efficiency standards, and do they think that is a good idea? Strategic marketing agency EcoAlign took the pulse of 1,000 Americans on those issues | Read More

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Personal Choice and Freedom Unaffected by Federal Lighting Standard

Updated incandescents and new CFLs
April 21st, 2011 | Posted in Blog | 1 Comment

Beginning January 1, 2012, the federal government is implementing a lighting standard that requires incandescent bulbs to be at least 30% more efficient, resulting in a $7 billion reduction in consumer energy bills by 2020. Further, the lighting efficiency standard will  reduce energy consumption by 72 billion kWh by 2020, which is enough to displace approximately | Read More

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Let My People Glow! Civil War Over Lightbulbs?

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | 3 Comments

It’s time to improve on 19th century inventions: Watch Dale Bryk from the Natural Resources Defense Council set Stephen Colbert straight on efficient lighting! Bryk says the new and improved incandescent light bulbs use less energy and will put a dent in the deficit. Turns out that some members of Congress think American freedom is | Read More

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