|: Regulations & Codes : Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 :|
In December, the 2007 Energy Bill, officially know as the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007” was signed into law by President Bush. After much negotiation throughout the year, it contained most of the energy efficiency provisions supported by industry for incandescent A-line lamps and incandescent reflector lamps. Other provisions contained within the bill include regulations for ballasts used in Metal Halide Fixtures and increased efficiency requirements for federal buildings.
A-line Lamps. The incandescent A-line regulations primarily affect the common 40W, 60W, 75W and 100W incandescent lamps. It requires an increase in efficiency by approximately 30% starting in 2012 by requiring a reduction in lamp wattage while maintaining lumen levels. The new standards are shown in the chart below.
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INCANDESCENT A-LINE STANDARDS
* Reduced by 25% for Modified Spectrum (Reveal) Lamps.
|Incandescent Reflector Lamps. All R20, R30, R40, PAR20, PAR30, PAR38, BR30, BR40, ER30, ER40, and BPAR must meet Halogen efficiency levels except:
Lamps rated at 50 watts or less that are ER30, BR30, BR40, or, ER40 lamps.
Will be implemented nationally during the first 6 months of 2008.Metal Halide Fixtures. Metal Halide lamp fixtures designed to be operated with lamps rated between 150 watts and 500 watts shall contain a pulse start metal halide ballast with a minimum ballast efficiency of 88 percent, magnetic probe-start ballast with a minimum efficiency of 94 percent, a non-pulse start electronic ballast with a minimum ballast efficiency of 92% for wattages greater than 250 watts; and a minimum ballast efficiency of 90% for wattages less than or equal to 250 watts.
Exceptions: Fixtures with regulated lag ballasts; fixtures that use electronic ballasts that operate at 480 volts; fixtures that are rated for 150 watt lamps; fixtures that are rated for use in wet locations; or fixtures that contain a ballast that is rated to operate at ambient air temperatures of 50 C.
Effective January 1st, 2009.