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Increased Awareness Creates New Paradigm in Recycling

Increased Awareness Creates New Paradigm in Recycling

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Paul Rodriguez, Program Manager, NEMA Since the first fluorescent tubes were invented in the mid-19th century, scientists have been filling glass tubes with all kinds of gases to try to get the best light possible for consumers. From carbon dioxide and nitrogen to the classic neon lamp, different gases were used for different colors and intensities of light. Commercially speaking, Read more [...]
Performance Makes a Comeback with New Light Bulb Labeling System

Performance Makes a Comeback with New Light Bulb Labeling System

Ever thought about what you should consider when buying a light bulb?  Any clue what a lumen is? Chances are if you’re heading out to your local supermarket or hardware store to pick up some light bulbs, you’ll find a store attendant and ask what aisle the 100W (or 75W, 60W, etc.) light bulbs are in and pick up a package. Now, say you head to the car dealership looking to purchase a new ride.  You’ll walk around the lot as a salesperson shows you vehicle after Read more [...]
The Federal Govt has banned incandescent lamps – FALSE!

The Federal Govt has banned incandescent lamps – FALSE!

Like a weed that keeps reappearing in your garden, the myth that the Federal Government has BANNED the incandescent light bulb continues to crop up and cause angst among consumers.  And what’s worse, pundits and elected officials who should know better are doing their best to help it spread.  It is particularly distressing to hear free-market conservatives spin this issue as another example of government intrusion into our lives and homes. As NEMA, its member companies, Read more [...]
DOE Rulemakings, With Savings in Mind

DOE Rulemakings, With Savings in Mind

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 established an energy conservation program for major household appliances.  Since then, various amendments to EPCA have given DOE the authority to regulate the energy efficiency of various technologies, to include appliances and lighting technologies. The purpose of these rulemakings is to establish energy conservation standards and test procedures for technologies that are feasible, economically justified, and result in energy savings.  Read more [...]
NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

This week the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and published their Strategic Lighting Plan, which was two years in the making. NEMA staff and members participated directly in the development and drafting of the SLP from start to finish to provide the manufacturer perspective in effort to balance out the advocates and regulators, and to serve as a reality check by leveraging NEMA's extensive experience with consumer acceptance and consumer desires.  The Strategic Read more [...]
End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

America’s 234th birthday wasn’t the only milestone reached last week; last week also marked the (effective) end of the magnetic ballast era.  Since the fluorescent lamp was commercially introduced in the 1940s, it has been coupled with the magnetic ballast to regulate the electricity flowing into the lamp.  As of July 1, 2010, many popular magnetic ballasts can no longer be manufactured or imported in the US. Even though this phase-out occurred only last week, it has Read more [...]
MPGs and LEDs

MPGs and LEDs

Much the way that MPGs and Hybrids are all the rage these days in the auto industry, LED lamps have been the headline grabbing technology in the lighting realm for the past few years.  With all the craze surrounding LED lamps as the lighting efficiency savior, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and assume LED lamps are the best solution for every application.  Don’t let the hype dim your vision. LED lamps are a great technology that have come a very long way and are fantastic Read more [...]