It could soon be lights out for most incandescent reflector lamps.
Those cone-shaped bulbs that look so pretty in your TV or dining rooms could soon be eliminated, according to a new release from the Home Lighting Control Alliance (HLCA).
The bulbs are typically used in ceiling-recessed “cans” or track lighting, and their reflective coating typically displays off a nice “spotlight” effect.
With these bulbs gone, the hope is that demand will shift to halogen and exempted incandescent lamps, which boasts better dimming as well as energy efficiency.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s efficiency regulations have previously targeted 40 to 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. “Unlike the Act’s provisions that will eliminate general-service light bulbs starting in 2012, the provisions targeting incandescent reflector lamps enable consumers to switch to halogen choices that provide higher efficiency, excellent lighting quality, longer lamp life and easy dimming,” says Gary Meshberg of Lightolier Controls, chair of HLCA.
The HLCA says that starting June 16, manufacturers will stop making lamps that do not comply with the Act’s efficiency standards, with some significant exceptions.
Check the HLCA’s website for a whitepaper on the subject.