American lighting industry group failed to challenge California's new standard for incandescent lamps

04/08/2022
According to US media reports, the American Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Lighting Association have dropped their challenge to California's new light bulb efficiency standards.

The Electrical Manufacturers Association said Wednesday it would drop its lawsuit in order to focus on another case in federal court in New York over the legality of the Trump administration's nationwide rollback of new light bulb efficiency standards.

In November 2019, after 16 states, including California and New York, filed lawsuits over the government’s revocation of the latest standards, the California Energy Commission decided to adopt the original federal legislation when the two industry groups filed for temporary injunctions to temporarily block California The new minimum energy efficiency standards for light bulbs adopted by the Energy Commission (CEC) in November.

However, a judge dismissed the petition on Dec. 31. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller said in her Dec. 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 "gradual implementation of new light bulb standards" bill signed by former US President George W. Bush in 2007 and later expanded during the Obama administration. In fact, the regulation does not completely ban incandescent bulbs, but requires that incandescent lamps manufactured after January 1, 2020 must meet the standard of 45 lumens per watt, which is three times as efficient as the original incandescent lamps.

In September last year, the U.S. Department of Energy overturned a rule requiring full adoption of new light bulbs by 2020. One of their points is that the use of incandescent light bulbs continues to decline over time, even without new standards mandating the use of higher-cost LED lights.