Jul 122011
 

shattered misconceptions Light Bulb Bill Put To the Test Today

Update (7/13): The BULB Act did not pass in the House of Representatives.  The vote was 233 in favor of the repeal and 193 opposed.  Since that didn’t constitute a two-thirds majority, it did not go on to the Senate.

As the incandescent phase out approaches, with today’s standard 100W light bulb set to face new efficiency standards beginning in January 2012, a Republican-sponsored bill is seeking to halt the changing standards before they even happen.

The repeal bill, called the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 2417 (BULB Act), would eliminate the portion of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) that requires incandescent light bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient.

Supporters of the BULB Act say that mandating efficiency standards in light bulbs will limit consumer choice and result in unnecessary government intervention.

Perhaps supporters of the BULB Act have not heard about the many replacement options for inefficient incandescent light bulbs?   Or the fact that this legislation will save U.S. households a great deal of money in energy costs (about $15.8 billion per year)?

The U.S. House of Representatives was expected to vote yesterday on the repeal bill, but the vote has been delayed until at least today.

A two-thirds majority vote will be required for the repeal bill to continue on to the Senate.

Mar 252011
 

Turning off the incandescent The Expected Impact: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 5This post concludes our week-long series featuring everything you ever needed to know about the upcoming incandescent phase out as a result of the EISA 2007.  Our other posts in the series: Truth & Lies; The Fine Print, Explained; The Inclusions & Exceptions; The Replacement Contenders.  Thanks for reading as always, and here’s hoping you are now an expert on the phase out!

You may be thinking: “Okay, I get that the EISA 2007 was designed to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions… but is an incandescent phase out really going to make all that much of a difference?”

The short answer?  Yes. Continue reading »

Mar 242011
 

On the bench The Replacement Contenders: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 4This post is part of our week-long series about the upcoming incandescent phase out as a result of the EISA 2007.  If you haven’t been reading so far, check out Parts 1, 2, and 3!

One of the biggest misconceptions among the public and news media is that compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are the only replacements for incandescent light bulbs.  It couldn’t be farther from the truth.

There are currently at least three widely-known technology options that can replace incandescent light bulbs and deliver the required higher efficiency, and more innovative technological options lay just around the corner.  Three other light sources that are lesser known and not discussed below are cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs), induction lamps, and electron stimulated luminescence lamps (ESL). Continue reading »

Mar 232011
 

Not All Incandescents Affected The Inclusions & Exceptions: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 3This post is part of a week-long series explaining the upcoming incandescent phase out as a result of the EISA 2007.  If you’ve missed the posts so far, make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2!

We’ve already gone over common misconceptions about the phase out and explained when you can expect this all to happen.  Now, for the next tidbit of information:

Did you know that the efficiency standards set by the EISA 2007 do not apply to all incandescent bulbs?  In fact, there’s a pretty long list of special-use incandescent lamps that have been excluded – one of which is the 3-way incandescent light bulb, a very popular consumer product. Continue reading »

Mar 222011
 

Understanding the EISA 2007 The Fine Print, Explained: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 2

Our post yesterday represented the first in a week-long series about the upcoming incandescent phase out as a result of the EISA 2007.  If you missed it, catch up here.

Yesterday, we mentioned that the EISA 2007 does not ban incandescent A-line light bulbs; however, the new law will, in fact, result in the elimination of today’s standard 100W, 75W, 60W, and 40W light bulbs.

If you’re thinking there’s a discrepancy here, read on.

The EISA 2007 sets “maximum rate wattages.”  In other words, light bulbs will be required to consume less electricity (measured in watts) for the amount of light produced (measured in lumens).

Each category of “lumen ranges” that the EISA specifies corresponds with one of today’s standard incandescent bulbs. See the chart below:

Continue reading »

Mar 212011
 

shattered misconceptions1 Truth & Lies: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 1There have been a good deal of inaccurate and misleading reports in the news lately about the upcoming incandescent phase out.  In fact, even NBC Nightly News got it wrong when they recently said that the government is requiring people to switch to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps).

The buzz is all about the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), signed by George W. Bush.  The law was designed to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.  Part of that law involves new standards for light bulbs (called “lamps” in the lighting industry).  The first step toward implementing those standards is set to go into effect in just a little over 9 months (January 1, 2012), hence the recent news reports.

This week, we are going to publish a series of blog posts to educate you all about the upcoming phase out.  We’ll write a post a day (details about new legislation do not exactly make for light reading).

By the end of the week, you will be an expert.  At the very least, you’ll be better informed than NBC’s Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent! Continue reading »

Jan 052011
 

hands up Are You One of the 36%?

One of the challenges with the upcoming federal phase out of incandescent light bulbs is public awareness.  How do you convey to millions of consumers that one of the most universally used products out there will no longer be available for sale?  More importantly, how do you communicate alternative options before the phase out begins?

Last week, OSRAM SYLVANIA released survey results reporting that 36% of Americans are aware of the upcoming incandescent light bulb phase out.  Last year, that number was 26%.

While public awareness is clearly increasing, the majority of Americans still have not heard about the legislation that will ban most traditional incandescent light bulbs by 2014.  Continue reading »

Nov 172010
 

Old incandescent bulb Light After the Incandescent Bulb BanThe incandescent bulb ban is quickly approaching.  California will be the first state to ban the 100W incandescent light bulb, starting on January 1, 2011.

The rest of the country will begin the phase out starting in January of 2012.  Eventually, 100W, 75W, 60W, and 40W incandescent light bulbs will all be banned from sale.  There will also be minimum energy efficiency standards for existing incandescent bulbs.

The phase out is a part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which is meant to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.  But Americans have been lighting their homes with incandescent bulbs since Edison patented his design in the 19th century.  What will light after the incandescent bulb ban look like?

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently published a brochure explaining the various options for replacing incandescent bulbs (halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, and solid state bulbs).  They even included an illustration of a U.S. household with lighting suggestions for each room to replace old incandescent bulbs.  Check out the brochure for details, it’s very helpful!  Also, feel free to weigh in by commenting below:

Will you “go green” early and start switching out your incandescent bulbs?

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