Energy Independence and Security Act
Incandescent bulbs will be phased out in the U.S. by 2014
Signed into law in 2007, this act is designed to help the U.S. become more energy-efficient and independent.
In the lighting arena, the biggest future impact of this Act is the phase-out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs. This will speed the move to high-efficiency lighting options like LED.
General Service Incandescent Lamps
Rated Lumens—– Max Rated Wattage—- Min Rated Lifetime—- Effective Date
1490-2600————— 72————————— 1,000 hrs.————– 1/1/2012
1050-1489—————- 53————————— 1,000 hrs.————– 1/1/2013
750-1049—————— 43————————– 1,000 hrs.————– 1/1/2014
310-749——————– 29————————– 1,000 hrs.————– 1/1/2014
Federal Trade Commission Lighting Facts labeling
As of June 18, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a final ruling that will require new labels on light bulb packages.
According to Lighting Facts, a program of the U.S. Department of Energy, the new label will put the focus on lumens (light output) rather than wattage (energy used).
The new FTC rule will affect three places on the light bulb/packaging:
1. Front of packaging: includes information on brightness (lumen output) and annual energy cost
2. Back of packaging: this label will include information about:
b. Energy cost
c. Life expectancy
d. Light appearance (“warm” or “cool”)
e. Wattage (energy used)
f. Whether the bulb contains mercury
3. The bulb itself—lumen output and presence of mercury must be printed directly on the bulb
Are CFLs a safe lighting choice?
The Environmental Protection Agency’s list of things to be concerned about when cleaning up or disposing of a compact fluorescent light (CFL) will give most people pause. CFLs contain mercury and are extremely hazardous if disposed of incorrectly.