Federal & State Legislation
With existing and upcoming legislation affecting the industry, who do you ask for guidance?
GE. We realize that new legislation means new mandates. We're dedicated to helping you understand these imperatives and offer energy-saving alternatives. Our product lines offer multiple options to replace products impacted by existing or upcoming legislation.
United States Lighting Legislation Timeline*
This timeline shows the dates in which nearly all lamps in the following categories will no longer be manufactured, according to new minimum efficiency requirements.
*California dates are effective one year earlier for Incandescent lamps.
Lighting Legislation Details
To promote greater lighting efficiency and smarter energy use, the U.S. Congress has passed energy efficiency legislation with numerous benefits for the economy and the public.
2005 Energy Policy Act
Mandates minimum efficiency regulations for certain lamps, ballasts, and fixtures; provides building tax incentives; and provides research dollars for LEDs.
2007 Energy Independence & Security Act
Requires an approximate 30% increase in efficiency for incandescent lamps starting in 2012 by reducing lamp wattage while maintaining certain minimum lumen levels.
2009 Department of Energy Regulations
New efficiency standards will place lumens per watt (LPW) regulations on halogen PAR lamps and on linear and U-shaped fluorescent lamps effective July 14, 2012 and July 14, 2014.
2015 Department of Energy Regulations
Updated efficiency regulations on Linear Fluorescent Lamps effective on January 26, 2018. All linear fluorescent lamps manufactured or imported after that date for sale in the United States must meet the new efficiency regulations.