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Fluorescent Tubes: DOE Requires Better Energy Efficiency

April 15, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Light Energy ManageThe Department of Energy issued a pre-publication notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps.  The tube-shaped fluorescent lamps covered by the ruling consume almost five percent of all national electricity consumption, according to a blog posting on the Natural Resources Defense Council.

NRDC applauds the new rules for fluorescent tubes but is less pleased with the rules covering incandescent reflector lamps, the bulbs that go into recessed cans and flood lights.

“Unfortunately DOE was prohibited from setting standards for a large portion of this market due to a funding prohibition caused by a Congressional rider,” according to NRDC.

Photo: Fluorescent tube lights via Shutterstock



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