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In the dark about shift to energy-efficient lighting

For the second time this year, the Washington Times OP-ED page contains a commentary that lashes out against the national transition to modern, energy efficient lighting (David Deming, “Fluorescent Light Bulb Folly”). As a leading media venue for conservatives, WashTimes is generally effective in highlighting instances of government over-reach and misguided regulation. On this issue, however, their featured pundits continually miss the mark. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, contrary to widespread belief, does not ban the incandescent light bulb. Instead, it sets performance standards for "lamps" (the industry term for bulbs) that manufacturers must meet by specified dates. By focusing on performance rather than particular technologies, the EISA preserves consumer choice while providing manufacturers with flexibility in how they choose to compete in the modern lighting market. Expect to see more efficient incandescent bulbs, therefore, sharing shelf space with compact fluorescents, while next generation products such as halogen and low-wattage LEDs become more affordable and popular. NEMA member companies worked diligently with legislative staff to ensure that the nation converts to 21st century lighting technology in an orderly, market-based manner. Look to the WashTimes Letters page in the next couple days to see NEMA’s response to this latest mischaracterization.

Posted 08-25-2008 11:20 AM by Kohorst, Mark


phyllis deery wrote re: In the dark about shift to energy-efficient lighting
on 08-31-2008 8:18 AM

Mr. Kohorst,

I read your response to the recent op ed in the Washington Times.  For the record, I read the Washington Post as well.  

I love your comments about "performance standards which all light bulb technologies must meet by specified dates" and "fluorescent lighting is an evolving technology".  We both know fluorescent lighting has been around for years and been rejected by the public.

We who are "mired in the past" are well aware the objective is to do away with what we use now. The standard bulbs will go the way of the old fashioned toilet.

You neglected to mention in your piece the need to recycle the fluorescents and the danger when one breaks.

If you believe the standard bulbs will be around forever, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'll sell you.

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