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Legislation to address outdoor lighting.

Several members of the Senate and House of Representatives announced bipartisan legislation that would set the first federal efficiency standards for pole-mounted outdoor lighting. The proposed standards are the result of collaboration between Congress and lighting and energy organizations including NEMA and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The legislation would create three tiers for efficiency. Tier one sets minimum task lumen per watts requirements based upon backlight, uplight and glare (BUG) ratings. Standards for tiers two and three will be determined by the Department of Energy. The proposal includes regulations for two types of outdoor lamps: high-output double-ended quartz halogen lamps and general-purpose mercury vapor lamps. It will require a minimum efficiency for high-output double-ended quartz halogen lamps with a minimum rated initial lumen value of 6,000 and a maximum initial lumen value of 15,000 starting January 1, 2016. Additionally, the manufacture of general-purpose mercury vapor lamps will be banned after January 1, 2016. NEMA estimates that by 2030 the new agreement will reduce carbon emissions between 4.48 and 7.95 million metric tons annually.

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Title Annotation:UPDATES
Publication:LD+A Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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