Trump Administration Blocks Energy Efficiency Rule for Light Bulbs

Trump Administration Blocks Energy Efficiency Rule for Light Bulbs

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the trade group for manufacturers of light bulbs, has said that government requirements for greater bulb efficiency are unnecessary. The group’s response to the September announcement stated that Americans were already buying more efficient bulbs and that the final rule “will not impact the market’s continuing, rapid adoption of energy-saving lighting.”

The group did not immediately respond Friday to requests for comment on the latest action by the administration.

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The cost of energy-efficient bulbs, once far more expensive than incandescent models, has plunged. The Energy Department news release noted that the average cost of LED bulbs has dropped by nearly 90 percent since 2008.

According to the Energy Department, installing LED bulbs in your most frequently used light fixtures can save hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the bulbs.

Consumers have complained about the quality of light from some compact fluorescent bulbs, but the newer generation of “halogen incandescent” and LED bulbs, which have all but replaced old incandescent bulbs, generate a richer, warmer spectrum.

Mr. Trump has long railed against federal requirements that make consumer appliances and goods more efficient, including water-saving toilets and light bulbs.

Read More At The New York Times

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