How the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Affects Light Bulbs

Inefficient Light Bulbs are Being Phased Out

Basics of the law, as it pertains to lighting and light bulbs:

  • It does not ban the use or purchase of incandescent bulbs.

  • It does not ban the sale or manufacture of ALL incandescent bulbs, just those common household incandescent (and other) bulbs that are not energy-efficient.

  • It does not require the use of compact fluorescent bulbs.

  • It requires about 25 percent greater efficiency (that is, less energy use) for household light bulbs that have traditionally used between 40 and 100 watts of electricity.

  • Many bulbs, including specialty bulbs, three-way bulbs, chandelier bulbs, refrigerator bulbs, plant grow lights and others, are exempt from the law's requirements.

  • It was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2007 and is implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • It includes many other provisions that do not pertain to lighting. Some of these provisions call for:

    • higher gas mileage in automobiles;
    • transportation electrification;
    • increased reliance on biofuels; and
    • training for green jobs.

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