New Rules Ban Incandescent Lightbulbs

Energy Secretary says the move puts money back in American pockets.

The Department of Energy finalized two new rules that require manufacturers to phase out any lightbulbs that produce less than 45 lumens per watt, effectively phasing out the use of incandescent lightbulbs. 

The department said the measures will save consumers an estimated $3 billion annually. Incandescent lightbulbs make up roughly 30 percent of the market. 

By implementing the ban, President Biden’s administration is seeking to prioritize the use of energy-efficient bulbs, such as LED or fluorescent lights. But the rules also deliver a blow to the American Lighting Association, which had asked the administration to postpone full implementation of the lighting efficiency standards, claiming that doing so too quickly could result in “major financial losses” for lighting manufacturers and retailers. 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated, “By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions.” She said the changes will cut carbon emissions by more than 220 million metric tons over the next 30 years. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for U.S. energy officials as they implement programs to reduce emissions.
  • For Secretary Granholm to seek God’s wisdom as she oversees the development of energy-efficient policies.
  • For the president and his advisors as they pursue renewable power sources.

Sources: Washington Post, Washington Examiner


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