The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) adopted two rules for light bulbs or general service lamps that are intended to conserve energy. The first rule sets a revised definition for general service lamps. The second rule introduces a minimum standard of 45 lumens per watt for light bulbs that fit the revised definition.
The first rule is effective starting July 8, 2022. The second is effective beginning July 25, 2022.
General service lamps include general service incandescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, general service light-emitting diode lamps, organic light-emitting diode lamps, and any other lamps that are used to satisfy lighting applications conventionally served by general service lamps.
Once the second rule is effective, DOE will begin undertaking enforcement actions. Keep in mind that DOE usually seeks the maximum civil penalty against manufacturers and private labelers that purposefully distribute products or equipment that violate federal energy or water conservation standards.
The DOE claims the rules will save consumers almost $3 billion per year on utility bills collectively. Throughout the next 30 years, the rules should also cut carbon emissions by 222 million metric tons.
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