Tougher Energy Conservation Standards Proposed for Light Bulbs
The Department of Energy is proposing stricter energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps. DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy and have significant environmental benefits. DOE further notes that light bulbs achieving these standards are already commercially available.
The proposed standards are the minimum lumen output per watt of a bulb and would apply to all of the following products manufactured in, or imported into, the U.S. on or after the date that is three years after the publication of the final rule: 4-foot medium bipin, 2-food U-shaped, 8-foot slimline, 8-foot recessed double contact high output, 4-foot miniature bipin standard output, 4-foot miniature bipin high output, standard spectrum 40W-205W, and modified spectrum 40W-205W.
Comments, data and information on this proposed rule are due no later than June 30. In addition, DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposal May 1; interested parties may attend in-person in Washington, D.C., or participate via webinar broadcast.