Energy Legislation

Overview of Federal & State Legislation

In an effort to conserve the nation’s energy resources, the U.S. Government has passed multiple legislative acts affecting lighting products. These acts represent numerous provisions beneficial to the public and the economy in general.

2009 Department of Energy Regulations

New efficiency standards for linear and U-shaped fluorescent lamps and halogen PAR lamps were recently announced. Effective in summer 2012, the new standard will implement lumens per watt (LPW) regulations for linear and halogen PAR lamps. This will eliminate most 4-foot T12 lamps, some 4-foot T8 lamps, most 8-foot T12 lamps, and nearly all standard halogen PAR38, PAR30 and PAR20 lamps from the marketplace.

2007 Energy and Independence Security Act

This act requires an increase in efficiency by approximately 30% starting in 2012 by requiring a reduction in lamp wattage while maintaining lumen levels. Common 40W, 60W, 75W and 100W incandescent bulbs will primarily be affected.

To find out how the lighting in your business will be affected, please contact United Lamp Supply for a consultation.