Legislation + Regulation

Legislation + Regulation, Light + Health

Canada Proposing To Ban HID Lamps In Addition To Fluorescent

Kudos to Al Uszynski of inside.lighting for breaking this story about the Canadian government’s proposal to ban the sale of most mercury-containing lamps. Fluorescent lamp bans are already occurring in California and Vermont, and are under consideration in other US states. The Canadian proposal goes significantly further, to ban most HID lamps. It’s noteworthy that [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

U.S. DOE Proposes Major Increase In General Service Lamp Efficacy Requirements

Earlier this week, the US Department of Energy (DOE) proposed a new energy efficiency standard for General Service Lamps (GSL). The new standard would impact an enormous variety of lamps, including A-lamps (CFL & LED), directional R & PAR lamps, and LED tubes (TLEDs). Right now it is still a proposal, but odds are good [...]

Dark Sky, Legislation + Regulation

DLC Compiles Outdoor Lighting Ordinances Across The US & Canada

The DLC compiled a list and interactive maps of locations with published outdoor lighting ordinances to mitigate light pollution. These maps show states, provinces, and cities/towns, throughout Canada and the U.S., with outdoor lighting ordinances. States and provinces shaded blue have a statewide/provincewide policy. The round markers indicate cities, towns, and counties with an ordinance. [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Adds $550 Million To Energy Efficiency And Conservation Block Grant Program

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), released a Notice of Intent, on 11/22/22, announcing $550 million to support community-based clean energy in state, Tribal, and local governments — serving more than 250 million Americans. This investment is through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program in order to support communities [...]

Codes + Standards, Legislation + Regulation

Four Changes In The 2023 National Electric Code Impacting Lighting

The National Electrical Code (NEC) updates every three years. David summarizes four changes in this code cycle (2023 edition of the NEC) that impact lighting.

Legislation + Regulation

New DOE Guidance On GSL & GSIL Backstop Timing and Certification Requirements

On October 28th, the US DOE issued new guidance for the industry to comply with the GSL & GSIL certification requirements and timing. Back in May, the DOE issued two final rules for these lamps. These rules changed which lamps have to be certified to DOE.

Legislation + Regulation

Quick Summary Of CA Title 24 Lighting Changes For Non-Residential Buildings

Energy Code Ace has created a summary of California Title 24 code changes for Non-Residential Buildings. The 2022 Title 24, Part 6 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code or Title 24, Part 6) updates the 2019 Energy Code.

Legislation + Regulation

New EPA Toxic Rules Impacting The DIY Channel & Lighting Vendors

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Rule on 40 CFR 751 Subpart E – Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Chemicals under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is beginning to impact lighting manufacturers in the DIY big box channel. 

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

New California Law Protects Importers Using CA Ports

On September 30th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB2406 into law, protecting importers from the imposition of unfair fees and trade practices. The bill limits the damages of detention and demurrage fees imposed by international ocean carriers.

Legislation + Regulation

DOE Gives Notice Of Enforcement Actions For Regulated Products

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to notify interested parties of DOE’s intent to immediately commence on-the-record hearings before Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in civil penalty cases for violations of DOE’s conservation standards and certification requirements. This NOI also provides procedural details that will govern these hearings.


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