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The True Cost of Low Energy Lighting

Category: Case Studies

During President George W Bush’s administration a congressional bill was enacted in December of 2007 called the Federal Independence and Security Act (H.R 6), which called for a ban on manufacturing the standard incandescent light bulb, originally patented by Thomas Edison in January 1880. The bill was designed to reduce our dependence on low efficiency light bulbs and the power demand they required and resulted in the phasing out of the standard 100W incandescent light bulbs in January 2012, followed by the 75W in January 2013 and finally the 60W & 40W bulbs in 2014. What this act promoted and demanded was higher efficiency lighting, and lower power demand using technology to reduce our energy dependence. What we subsequently saw was an increase in the use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) to replace the standard Incandescent Light. This paper illustrates some of the consequences of using these lights and the potential effect on our electrical distribution system.


This White Paper Includes:

  • Initial Conditions
  • Review of Evidence

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