Energy Law to Eliminate Popular Household Reflector Lamps

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s efficiency regulations aimed at 40–100W incandescent lamps was passed in November 2007, and this month, another significant provision that targets reflector lamps will go into effect.

Reflector lamps are cone-shaped light bulbs that are very common in residential construction. The cone is layered with a reflec-tive coating on the outer bulb that directs the light in a desired direction and beam pattern (spot, flood, etc.). These bulbs are typi-cally used in downlights (ceiling-recessed “cans”) and track lighting.

The Home Lighting Control Alliance (HLCA) has published a new white paper for consumers, integrators, builders and archi-tects on its Web site. The white paper describes the act’s efficiency provisions that will eliminate popular consumer reflector lamp choices for millions of sockets in the United States.

Starting June 16, 2008, manufacturers will stop making lamps that do not comply with the act’s efficiency standards, with some significant exceptions. The result is the elimination of popular incandescent reflector lamps, shifting demand to halogen, incan-descent exceptions and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

“Unlike the act’s provisions that will eliminate general-service light bulbs starting in 2012, the provisions targeting incandes-cent reflector lamps enable consumers to switch to halogen choices that provide higher efficiency, excellent lighting quality, longer lamp life and easy dimming,” said Gary Meshberg of Lightolier Controls, chair of HLCA.

He added that dimming reduces a light bulb’s average input watts by 20 percent, according to a study by Heschong Mahone Group, while increasing lamp life.

For more information, visit HLCA’s Learning Center at


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