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Obama Announces Stronger Lighting Efficiency Standards

President Barack Obama, together with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, announced new energy-efficiency standards for lighting in June 2009. The announcement extends the provisions in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which set standards that would phase out conventional incandescent lamps by 2014 (see

EBN Feb. 2008).

The new standards cover additional lamp types, lowering the electricity use of general-service fluorescent lamps (four-foot tubes and other fixtures) by 15%, and that of reflector incandescent lamps by 25%. In some cases, new lamps must increase the lumens per watt they provide. Lamps must meet the standards starting in 2012.

Published July 30, 2009

Wendt, A. (2009, July 30). Obama Announces Stronger Lighting Efficiency Standards. Retrieved from

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