U.S. Light Bulb Ban – Bad Idea!

Tomorrow the United States’ incandescent phase-out scheme bans incandescent halogen energy savers brighter than 43W (roughly equivalent to a 55W standard incandescent bulb).

The regulation has been found invalid, but the U.S. Government keeps acting as if this is not the case and keeps enforcing the scheme.

Despite most of the world falling for the same deceptive and easily refuted arguments from vested interests, this regulation is an extremely bad idea which will only lower light quality in everyone’s home, put health and the environment at risk and save almost nothing.

The only ones truly benefiting from the ban are lightbulb manufacturers who can sell new, lower quality, technically complicated patentable bulbs, costing up to several hundred times as much as the original lightbulb, and thereby make billions in profit.

Summary of why this regulation is such a bad idea:

Incandescent vs Luminescent Light (pdf)

Article showing how savings will be minuscule at best:

Light Bulb Regulation – President Fails Elementary Math

More  info:

Rik Gheysen’s website

Freedom Lightbulb: How bans are wrongly justified

The Lamp Guide (lightbulb and home lighting guide for the confused consumer)

(See left margin for more related websites, info and article links about the ban.)


  1.  lighthouse said,

    January 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Link to USA regulation and amendments, USA local state bills and Texas legal enactment http://ceolas.net/#li01inx

    Tier 2 2014-2017 has 45 lumen per Watt minimum final rule, equating to fluorescent bulbs (backstop 2020 latest implementation)
    A planned tier 3 will likely see LED lighting switchover requirement, as already planned in Japan and under discussion in the EU.

    Also re USA law, note that the hailed “rough service” light bulb ban workarounds may come to be banned too, via sales monitoring, and store inspections
    (similar planned for the EU, as per http://freedomlightbulb.org/2013/11/kevan-shaw-report-november-25-eu.html)

    ” Exemption reversal condition: The Act includes a provision whereby, in cooperation with NEMA, sales of certain exempted lamps will be monitored, specifically:
    • rough service
    • vibration service
    • 2601-3300 lumen general service (150-200W)
    • 3-way
    • shatter-resistant lamps (ie rough service Newcandescent, Aero-Tech and similar lamps)

    For each of these lamp types, if sales double above the increase modeled for a given year — signaling that consumers are shifting from standard incandescents to these incandescents and thereby supposedly not saving energy — the lamp type will lose the exemption.

    Consequence: A requirement that any such popular lamp type can then only be sold “in a package containing 1 lamp”, and with a maximum 40 watt rating in most cases (95-watt for 2601-3300 lumen lamps, variably reduced for 3-way lamps). “

  2.  lighthouse said,

    January 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Notice that this will also ban the supposedly “allowed” replacement 72W for 100W etc Halogen incandescent types, similar to regular bulbs but much more expensive for marginal savings, so not popular with politicians (no halogen switchover programs!) or with consumers in a free choice.

    Re Canada law:
    Canada is adopting USA law, as defended in the Canada Government statement of writing the US federal code into Canada law January 1 2014 onwards for trade harmonisation reasons, so the above will apply there also:

  3.  lighthouse said,

    January 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    USA and Canada Light Bulb Ban: Now and in the Future
    Regulations explained, present and coming, and workarounds that are being tried

  4. Tim said,

    December 4, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Interesting piece and update from a year ago. It is unfortunate that gov and industries is all about making profit by making things not lasting long. It doesn’t help in the long run and goes against being environmental friendly as many western countries want to be.

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