Congress passed law 2016 mandating bulbs
Embracing the Shift As DOE and consumers shift their focus to more efficient light bulbs, it is important to consider how retailers and manufacturers are reacting to the changing landscape.
Within the last year, there have been two significant announcements made by industry leading companies that show the lighting market is clearly headed toward an LED future.
The full name is the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act. (Read Gov Track Insider’s bill summary here.)What are the odds of passage as standalone legislation?
The unfortunate reality is that even good, loving and attentive parents can get distracted,” Rep. “Studies have shown that this can happen to anyone, anywhere.”“Our cars can already alert drivers when they leave their keys in the car, their lights on, or their trunk open — none of which are life threatening.
Since 1990, 836 children have died from heatstroke after being accidentally left in cars. It is not unusual for the government to mandate safety features to protect lives,” Ryan continued.“Cars are mandated to have seat belts, interior trunk-releases, and rear backup cameras.
That’s the second-most common cause of nontraffic child fatalities from vehicles, behind only accidental backovers. Our legislation would move us one step closer to getting this inexpensive technology in every car on the road to help save the lives of children nationwide.”Opponents say the bill would increase costs while not doing much to solve the problem, especially in the near term because of car buying habits.“The proposed mandate for notification technology in cars misses the targeted population, because so few parents of young children buy new cars,” the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement.
In August 2015 IKEA announced, effective September 1, 2015, that its stores would only carry LEDs. A Bright Future for LEDs The light bulb landscape has gone through some significant changes in recent years, but there are certainly bigger changes to come.
This announcement was followed by another in February 2016 when General Electric (GE) announced that it will cease production of CFLs for the U. LEDs have many benefits over their incandescent counterparts including longer lifespans and lower energy costs, all without sacrificing consumer satisfaction.
The HOT CARS Act would require the Transportation Department to mandate all new motor vehicles have a “child safety alert system.” This would work similarly to existing seat belt alerts, with flashing symbols and warning sounds in the driver’s line of sight by the speedometer. “Greater public awareness saves lives today.”The provision was incorporated into the SELF DRIVE Act, which passed the House in September but has yet to receive a vote in the Senate.
Estimates at the time put the potential savings from these standards when fully implemented at more than .5 billion, which equates to about per household.
However, an appropriations rider included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (and every appropriations bill since) blocked the U. Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the new light bulb standards for incandescent light bulbs.
Highlighting the growing consumer support for LEDs, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association reports that LED sales in the third quarter of 2015 increased by more than 230 percent compared to the same period in 2014.
Even so, LEDs still only represent approximately 9 percent of the market, which means there is plenty of room for improvement.