What the new Federal Lighting Legislation means
The first phase of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act is coming into effect this year. What this Act targets is the manufacturing of inefficient light bulbs. As of right now, only the 100 watt line of light bulbs will cease production. All other wattages by law can remain in production for the time being. This is not a ban on incandescent but part of a phased approach to increase energy efficiency.
Rest assured that tales of America going dark are completely false and unfounded. This legislation is forcing manufactures like GE and Westinghouse to produce the same Lumen light bulb, but using less wattage. You will be able to continue to purchase the equivalent of a 100 watt light bulb, it will be lower wattage but Lumens (brightness) will remain the same. Same light output, but less energy. Saving you money and creating less strain on the infrastructure.
We all remember a few years ago the rolling blackouts that California was going through in the middle of the summer. It may seem that 25 watts less power per bulb doesn't add up to much, but it's huge when you multiply that number by 37 million, the latest population count for California found on the US census bureau @ quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.html . That's 1 light bulb for every person in that state saving 9,2500,000 watts of energy. This means less greenhouse gases in the air, lower utility bills, and all the while still the same light output that we all are accustomed to.
Ace is prepared and has been expecting these changes.
Ace has partnered with Excel Energy and has been offering CFL at a discount the last few years. This has been in preparation of the Act. We are continuing that partnership this year as well.
New FTC packaging requirements require all lighting manufacturers to add new labeling to packages. Similar to Nutritional Facts used in the food industry, Lighting Facts make it easier to compare products. The front of each package highlights brightness and energy cost. The back of each package includes other lighting facts such as a warm-cool scale.
Other changes to Halogen and Linear Fluorescent Regulations will take effect in July 2012. Manufacturing of 75 watt incandescent bulbs will cease 1/1/2013 with 60 watt and 40 watt ending 1/1/2014.
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