U.S. Lighting Industry Organization Fails To Challenge California's New Incandescent Standards

- Jan 23, 2020-

According to US media reports, the American Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Lighting Association have abandoned the challenge to California's new light bulb efficiency standards.

The Electrical Manufacturers Association said on Wednesday that it would withdraw the lawsuit in order to focus on another case in the New York federal court over the legitimacy of the Trump administration's removal of new light bulb efficiency standards across the United States.

In November 2019, 16 states, including California and New York, filed suit against the government's revocation of the latest standards.The California Energy Commission decided to adopt the initial federal legislation when the two industry organizations filed a temporary injunction and wanted to temporarily block California A new minimum energy efficiency standard for light bulbs passed by the Energy Commission (CEC) in November.

However, the judge rejected the petition on December 31. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller said in a December 31 ruling that federal law allows California to set stricter standards and that Congress has recognized the state's "history of leadership in energy efficiency regulations."

It is reported that the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs originated from the former US President George W. Bush (2007) signed the "gradual implementation of the new standards for light bulbs" bill, which was later extended during the Obama administration. In fact, the requirement is not to completely ban incandescent bulbs, but to require that incandescent lamps manufactured after January 1, 2020 must reach the standard of 45 lumens per watt, which is three times more efficient than the old incandescent lamps.

In September last year, the U.S. Department of Energy overturned rules that require the full adoption of new light bulbs by 2020. One of their views is that the use of incandescent light bulbs has continued to decline over time, even if there are no new standards that mandate the use of more expensive LED lights.