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Craig’s Lighting Articles, Legislation + Regulation

Ban The (Fluorescent) Bulb?

In September 2022, California banned the sale and distribution of certain fluorescent lamps over the next few years. In doing so, the state joined Vermont, the European Union, and soon, possibly, Canada and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy is targeting CFLs with new energy standards.

Legislation + Regulation

California Energy Commission Drops Portable Luminaires From Title 20 Regs

One week ago, on March 14th, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to repeal portable luminaires from the scope of Title 20 appliance efficiency regulations. Portable luminaires include floor lamps, table lamps, desk lampand other luminaires with a wall plug rather than a hardwired power source. Although CA Title 20 provided a number of paths [...]

jobs, Legislation + Regulation

FTC Proposes To Ban Non-Compete Agreements

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a new rule that would ban non-compete agreements and clauses from contracts in the U.S. The motivation is to create more competition and innovation by allowing employees to change jobs freely, without being restricted by non-compete clauses. The rule would apply to both independent contractors and full-time employees, [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Five U.S. Cities Prepare To Fine Building Owners For High Energy Use Or GHG Emissions

New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and St. Louis are all preparing to fine building owners who fail to comply with new local regulations that in most cases, limit large buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions and/or curb energy usage. The earliest of the fines will go into effect this month in San Francisco. This [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

Some Decorative LED Lamps Won’t Meet DOE Proposed GSL Standard

On December 22nd, I published a story about the U.S. DOE’s proposal to significantly increase general service lamp (GSL) efficacy requirements, here. I’ve since learned that many manufacturers of lamps and luminaires, in the decorative lighting industry, are concerned about certain classes of LED lamps that won’t meet the proposed new federal standard. At issue [...]

Craig’s Lighting Articles, Legislation + Regulation

Tax Incentive Gets New Life

Among its many provisions, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 revamped the venerable Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD), which incentivizes building owners to invest in energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC/hot water systems, and/or building envelope.

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

US FTC Proposes Lighting Facts Label Changes

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed to expand the types of lamps that are required to display the Lighting Facts Label. The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) specifically proposes to add: Lower-brightness lamps (light bulbs) that are not regulated by US DOE. These are lamps below 310 lumens and 30 watts. “Any other [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

California CEC Proposes The Repeal Of Portable Luminaire Title 20 Requirements

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has formally proposed to end Title 20 regulations on portable luminaires. CEC has issued Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) for the Repeal of Portable Luminaires Rulemaking, TN # 247747. Portable luminaires include wall plug products like table lamps and desk lamps. The CEC proposes to repeal standards for this appliance [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

What To Know About Right To Repair

Some in the lighting industry are concerned and closely following both state and federal policy efforts known as Right to Repair. The original motivation is over the right to repair consumer electronic devices and farm equipment. The lighting industry is concerned that proposed state and federal policy proposals might create unintended, burdensome requirements on the [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

UK Proposes To Ban Fluorescent, MH, HPS, Halogen, and OLED

The United Kingdom has joined the growing list of governments working to eliminate fluorescent, halogen, and other HID sources. Last week, the UK government published its proposal to raise lighting product efficacy requirements, using a technology-neutral set of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). The proposal would impact residential, commercial, and industrial lighting products. Specifically, the [...]

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