Incandescent Obsolescence The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is designed to implement sweeping changes to energy policies in the United States. The stated mission of the act is “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.” These are some of the major changes related to lighting: During a phase-in period between 2012 and 2014, a 25% increase in efficiency is required for all light bulbs. This serves to effectively ban most incandescent bulbs. Bulbs under 40 watts, three way bulbs, appliance bulbs, and a few other specialty types have been exempted. By 2020, a 200% increase in efficiency is required for all light bulbs. All federal buildings are required to use ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products. Even though many of the changes do not take place until 2012, various state laws mandating energy efficiency in lighting have already caused the industry to reduce or cease production of many inefficient products. Bulbs.com strongly recommends that both residential and commercial lighting consumers choose to proactively adjust their lighting purchases now in order to assure a smooth transition into compliance with this legislation. If you need assistance choosing energy efficient lighting for your home or business, contact our lighting specialists at 888-455-2800. Other Helpful Resources: How to Pick a CFL How do I get tax credits for using more efficient bulbs?