Washington, D.C. and the Incandescent Light Bulb

Washington, D.C. and the Incandescent Light Bulb

August 7, 2017 0 By Kevin

There is a battle going on in Washington, D.C and the incandescent light bulb that should be of interest to everyone. Back in 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. The bill passed with bipartisan support. Something that in today’s Trump Administration is almost unheard of to date.

A section of the bill dealt with the energy efficiency standards of light bulbs. The law had two parts, the first phase of the bill would insist that light bulbs use thirty percent less energy.

Congress gave manufacturers of light bulbs between 2012 and 2014 to realign themselves to achieve the goal.

 

The second phase that would go into effect in 2020 would include the ordinary light bulb use sixty-five percent less energy than traditional lighting. Since the inception of the bill in 2007 and building up to more stringent standards to 2020.

Giving the consumer a chance to realign themselves with the new technologies. The Country, as well as the consumer, moving towards energy conservation. The Country and the user have saved millions of dollars.

The Trump Administration has backed out of the Paris Agreement. Now in the House, a U.S. Representative named Michael Burgess of Pilot Point is focused on bringing back the incandescent light bulb. He has for the past few years advocated traditional lighting. And as of last month introduced language into spending bills to prevent the U.S. Department of Energy from administrating the rules that have been in place since 2007.

He has for the past few years advocated traditional lighting. And as of last month introduced language into spending budget bills to prevent the U.S. Department of Energy from administrating the rules that have been in place since 2007. Representative Burgess is not alone in this quest. Many other Republicans including U.S. Representative Joe Barton point out the regulations and standards are Federal Government overreaches into our free enterprise system.

Claiming that the current regulations hamper free enterprise and hurt the consumer for making choices about lighting in their homes.

As of date, these efforts have not succeeded. Though Rep. Burgess has managed budget spending riders that chip away at the standards. Limiting the Dept. of Energy enforcement powers.

Issues With The Proposal

The problems are that manufacturers have already aligned themselves to follow the rules of the D.O.E. And vowed to push for the more energy efficient lighting. The traditional light bulb has fallen by the wayside with choices of Halogen, Compact Fluorescent, and the LED (light emitting diode). The consumer is benefiting from the new technologies for home lighting. And the more modern technologies have become cheaper as it grows year after year.


The consumer is benefiting from the new technologies for home lighting. And the more modern technologies have become more affordable as it grows year after year. The National Electric Manufacturers Association states that “The standards.. save consumers money while preserving customer choice in lighting technologies,”

The National Electric Manufacturers Association reports that “The standards.. save consumers money while preserving customer choice in lighting technologies,” said Tracey Cullen, a spokesperson for the N.E.M.

Traditional incandescent light bulbs 70 percent of the market. Now the lion share has reduced to less than 10 percent.

With the introduction of Halogens, Compact Fluorescents, and LEDs. Manufacturers are dedicating resources to meet the new standards for the arrival of the year 2020.

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Energy efficiency standards have benefited the country and the consumer. The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy Andrew DeLaski said, “an LED light bulb might cost a dollar more than a halogen. But the LED will last decades longer”. “You’re probably going to replace your light fixture before you replace your light bulb.”

Republicans and Rep. Burgess show no signs of letting the light bulb issue alone. Who can say precisely what the impact will be on our economy?

Do you agree that we are heading in the right direction? 

Or do you think we should go back to the incandescent light bulb? 

How will the incandescent light bulb impact society?

What would the impact be on our energy conservation standards when unregulated light bulbs enter the market? We have worked hard to be a leader in energy conservation. The United States has backed out of the Paris Agreement. Leaving the Paris Agreement puts the environment in peril. Do we want to allow foreign markets to flood our country with non-regulated light bulbs? It raises several concerns don’t you agree? 

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I would like to hear your comments or questions regarding reintroducing the non-efficient light bulb back into our country.

Thanks,

Kevin 

Contact me at; kevindoledssaveenergy.com