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Clearing up confusion on federal lighting standards

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Beginning next year, new lighting standards by the federal government will go into effect. The rule will raise efficiency standards on certain types of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs -- in effect phasing out current bulbs which cannot meet the raised requirements. The new lighting standards are part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

It is estimated the standards will cut the amount of electricity used by affected lamps by 15 to 25 percent and save billions of dollars in energy costs.

It's important to note, however, that the government is not "banning" old bulbs as Mary Beth Breckenridge of the Akron Beacon Journal recently pointed out.

She reports, For the record:

--No, the government is not banning all incandescent light bulbs.

--No, you're not being forced to switch to fluorescent lighting.

--No, you won't have to change all your lamps and light fixtures.


Read her full Q&A column for more information on the upcoming changes: "Government isn't banning old bulbs".

Full information and fact sheets can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under Equipment Standards for Fluorescent and Incandescent Lamps
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