Companies Lighting the Way of Government Regulations
Two of the most used incandescent light bulbs (among industrial, commercial, and residential industries) are the 40-watt bulb and the 60-watt bulb. As of January 1, 2014, however, U.S. manufacturers are no longer legally allowed to produce these bulbs, so the 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs you see on your local home improvement store shelves are the last of their kind.
This move is just one of many that has been or will be implemented in order to push the U.S. toward a more energy-efficient lifestyle. With incandescent bulbs out of the picture, the government hopes Americans will turn to greener alternatives such as compact fluorescent lights (or CFLs) and light- emitting diodes (or LEDs), both of which cost more than incandescent bulbs, but have longer lifespans and a lower power usage.
While some of the most significant changes to the lighting industry have been made recently, this idea began back in 2007 when President George W. Bush signed an act called the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.” According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website, this act aimed to:
•Move the United States toward greater energy independence and security
•Increase the production of clean renewable fuels
•Increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles
•Promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options
•Improve the energy performance of the Federal Government
•Increase U.S. energy security, develop renewable fuel production, and improve vehicle fuel
In 2011, the Republican Party introduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which tried to repeal parts of the 2007 act including the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. The act failed, however. While Democrats were the minority in the House of Representatives, the Republican votes didn’t add up to a two-thirds majority and the provisions of the 2007 act continued.
While a push toward greener light bulbs can be considered a good idea, it can also cause problems for fixture OEMs that rely on incandescent light bulbs for their fixtures. One company with a solution to this problem is Aamsco Lighting, an innovative lighting company based in South Carolina. They are introducing a Hybrid LED that more closely resembles the shape & color of a standard incandescent bulb.
This company has also produced unique luminaires since 1975 and one of their most popular is called the Alinea LED Fixture, which is perfect for residential and hospitality use. The fixture features the soft, warm light of an incandescent while incorporating the long-lasting light of an LED and is fully dimmable.
In addition to promoting energy-efficient light bulbs, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is also responsible for the rise in electric cars, the increase in biofuel production, the push toward greener buildings, and the advance in solar and geothermal research. While the act is still in effect, we will continue to experience restrictions on incandescent light bulbs and a push for CFL and LED light bulbs. Look to Aamsco for innovative lighting solutions for now and the future.
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