Incandescent & Halogen Reflector Lamp Products:
- A-Type Incandescent lamps will begin to be phased out due to federal minimum efficiency standards. The law covers Globes, Chandelier and PS lamp shapes, in addition to A-Shape. The legislation will start with 100W lamps in 2012, continuing with 75W lamps in 2013 and 60W & 40W lamps in 2014. Because most Incandescent lamps will not be able to meet the new standards, they will eventually disappear from the market. Halogen lamps and CFLs are the most common substitutes for these applications.
- Standard PAR Halogen faces a similar fate as incandescent reflectors starting in July 2012. Most PAR, BR and ER type lamps will go away except continuing exemptions for R20 (45W or less); BR30, ER30, BR40 and ER40 (50W or less); BR30, BR40 and ER40 that are exactly 65W. Rough Service, Vibration Service and Safety-Coated lamps are also exempt.
- For the lamps going away, it is due to the product’s general inability to meet new stricter efficiency guidelines. Some of these lamps will remain, but they are likely to be the more expensive gas mixtures or IR capsule models. There are a few exemptions based on wattage and lamp size.
General Service Fluorescent Lamps:
- Broadly speaking, the majority of T10 & T12 lamps will begin leaving the market by July 2012, as they are unable to meet the new federal minimum efficiency guidelines. Certain high CRI (over 87) and color lamps will remain. Other specialty lamps will also be exempt from these guidelines, but likely will be further addressed by emerging legislation.
- In the same legislation as T10 & T12 lamps, T8 lamps are also addressed, and 700 series F32T8 and FB32T8 lamps will be eliminated.
- Note: Previously general service fluorescent lamps were exempt at 82 CRI for high color rendering, which was slated to change to 87 CRI in January 2012. The DOE clarified on March 22, 2011 that due to the language in the legislation, the 87 CRI level became effective immediately when the law was signed. A grace period has been given until June 20, 2011 to come into compliance with the legislation.
High Intensity Discharge Products:
- As of January 2009, magnetic ballasted probe start Metal Halide systems may no longer be used in new fixtures with only a few exceptions.
- Mercury Vapor ballasts cannot be produced or imported as of January 2008. The lamps may continue to be sold and can instead be used with an appropriate standard, non-pulse start, Metal Halide ballast. Many MH ballasts are rated for Mercury Vapor lamps and include the equivalent codes for easy reference. It is likely that Mercury Vapor lamps will be completely phased out in January 2016 due to emerging regulation.
FTC Lighting Facts Label
- Product labeling will depict product performance and energy usage information using required package and on-lamp disclosures. The stated objective is to move consumers away from selecting lamps based solely on wattage and encourage behavior wherein product selection is based on performance and annual energy usage cost.
- Provides consumers with point-of-sale product performance and energy usage information in a format not that dissimilar to the Nutrition Facts label in terms of design and layout.
Information provided by Halco Lighting Technologies (http://www.halcolighting.com)