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EISA Act of 2007: Be Efficient

On December 18, 2007, President Bush signed The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This law establishes new energy efficiency standards in areas of vehicle fuel economy, renewable fuels, lighting and appliance energy consumption, and greenhouse gases.

In regards to reducing energy consumption in lighting, as of January 1, 2012, the law requires significantly higher standards for the General Service Incandescent Lamps. These lamps must have a rated lumen range of 1490 to 2600, maximum rate wattage of 72, and have a minimum rate lifetime of 1,000 hours. New incandescent will be required to generate the same lumen output, while consuming less energy. Also effective 1/1/2012, the law makes it illegal to manufacture 100 watt light bulbs while phasing out other high wattage incandescent bulbs within the next 2 years, ending with 40-watt bulbs in January, 2014. Contrary to popular belief, it is not illegal to buy or sell incandescent lamps.

In general, lawmakers are seeking to create a more energy efficient nation and changing the culture surrounding the consumer mentality. This law was designed to reduce the overall energy consumed by businesses and consumers.  Consumers now have an abundance of more energy efficient lighting options while at the same time maintaining the quality of light for each application. You can help to make our nation more efficient by examining your energy efficient lighting options.

Here are some options to consider:

Halogens: There has been a recent introduction of new hybrid halogen lamps, which produce the same light output and use up to 50% less energy than the traditional incandescent. Halogens provide the most similar color rendering and the lowest initial purchase cost. They have a low environmental impact, a service life of up to 2,000 hours.

CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Lights, provide a lower cost option. These lamps use an average of 75% less energy while providing the same amount of light. CFLs last between 8,000 to 20,000 hours.  CFLs come in a variety of color temperatures and also have many options to best meet lighting needs. There are now instant start, shatter resistant, and fully-dimmable options available.

LED, or Light Emitting Diodes, generally consume 85% less energy; yet also provide the same amount of light while lasting up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lamps. Although LEDs cost more than traditional incandescent lamps, most come with a warranty to stand by the color and rated life of the lamp. With an average rated life of 50,000 hours and options, which include, precise color quality, fully dimmable, and PAR directional LED lamps.

For more information, please contact one of our qualified professionals.