Legislation + Regulation

Washington State Will Become 8th Fluorescent Ban State

Washington State Will Become 8th Fluorescent Ban State


The Washington State legislature passed House Bill 1185, which will ban mercury-containing fluorescent lamps. Washington will become the 8th state to ban most fluorescent lamps. The bill is now on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk to be signed into law, which is expected. Some key provisions of the bill include:

  • Beginning January 1, 2029, a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may not knowingly sell a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) or linear fluorescent lamp (LFL) in the state, with a few exceptions.
  • In-state manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in possession of CFLs and LFLs on January 1, 2029 may exhaust their existing stock through sales to the public until July 1, 2029.
  • Exceptions to the ban include special purpose mercury-containing lights, products specified in RCW 70A.230.110 (for medical equipment and research), and “casual or isolated sale” as defined in RCW 82.04.040 (“a sale made by a person who is not engaged in the business of selling the type of property involved”).
  • A violation is punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each violation in case of first violation. Repeat violators’ civil penalty is not to exceed $5,000 for each repeat violation.

The full passed legislative text can be found here.


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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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