As of January 1, 2013, the second phase of EISA has taken effect, banning the import and production of 75-watt incandescent light bulbs.
For those unfamiliar, EISA stands for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. President Bush signed this act during his second term, and it aims to do the following:
- Move the U.S. toward greater energy independence and security
- Increase the production of clean, renewable fuels
- Increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles
- Promote research on and set up greenhouse gas capture and storage options
- Improve the energy performance of the Federal Government
- Increase U.S. energy security, develop renewable fuel production, and improve vehicle fuel economy
One of the main goals enacted by this legislation is to raise appliance and lighting efficiency standards, which is what has brought about the incandescent light phase outs. These older incandescent lamps just don’t meet the mark.
Last January, we said goodbye to the 100-watt incandescent lamp, and now the 75-watt has followed. It’s likely you’ll still see them in stores in coming months, but with the ban on importing or manufacturing these lights, the supplies we already have will dwindle and eventually run out. Now, a light bulb must use 53 watts or less if it emits the equivalent lumens of a 75-watt incandescent light.
These new standards are technology neutral, so any kind of light bulb can still be sold, as long as it meets the efficiency requirements.