New Lighting Efficiency Stadards Set by Obama Administration Good Enough Soon Enough?
Is that light efficient? Photo via Art es Anna via Flickr CC
Homes and businesses will now have new lighting standards to follow, which will help cut down on carbon emissions significantly. The problem, though, is a long wait for the rules to kick in combined with our short time to cut down on carbon emissions. Will the new rules make an impact?The new rules will go into effect in 2012, and will save up to 594 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and save consumers up to 4 billion annually through 2042.
Standards will include decreasing electricity use by general service fluorescent lamps by 15% and incandescent reflector lamps by 25%. These lamps represent 37% and 7% of lighting energy use respectively.
As Yahoo news reports, President Obama stated:
"I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses," the president said, standing alongside Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the White House.
The distant date is understandable when considering how slow companies and the market can be to change to new regulations, and granted the emissions reductions are nothing to sneer at considering any and all reductions are needed, but perhaps this was a missed opportunity to hammer down the point that we need serious reductions to happen now. It might also have been a missed opportunity to set standards for using radically more efficient lighting, such as found with the continually improving technology behind LEDs - which could arguably have made the announcement a whole lot sexier.