EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future
Since the invention of electric light, the incandescent lamp
has been the standard. Why? They are cheap to produce, can be made in a
wide range of sizes, and require no external regulating equipment. The trouble is that incandescent lamps are
based on a design that was developed over a century ago and the majority of
their electrical energy consumption produces heat, not light. If we wanted them to heat our house, this
would be a good thing. For a light
source though, this is very inefficient.
In an effort to reduce energy usage, greenhouse gas
emissions, and dependence on foreign sources of energy, the Energy Independence
and Security Act (EISA) was passed and signed into law in 2007. As a result of this law, regulations will set
minimum efficacy standards and, for the first time, a minimum rated life of
1,000 hours for general services incandescent lamps. Since most incandescent lamps cannot meet these
requirements, several of the most popular ones will be phased-out by January 1,
It is estimated that the average household will save
approximately 1300 kWh of energy (or $143 on electric bills) per year by
replacing their incandescents with newer, more energy efficient lamps. If these incandescents were replaced on a
national scale, U.S.
households will save a combined $15.8 billion on electric bills and eliminate
the equivalent emissions of 16.5 million cars and light trucks.
You need not wait for the old incandescent lamps to go away,
are a variety of halogen, CFL, and solid state (LED) technologies that will
reduce energy use, improve lamp life, and save money on electric bills. It’s never too early to start lighting the
To find our more about EISA and energy efficient lighting
upgrades, visit www.nemasavesenergy.com.
10-28-2010 3:56 PM