New Lamp Standards in Effect January 1

Image Courtsy of the California Lighting Technology Center

Image Courtsy of the California Lighting Technology Center

In California, three new lamp standards went into effect on January 1st. The standards impact general service lamps - the common "light bulb", LED lamps and small-diameter directional lamps. The new standards regulate performance for all applicable new products offered for sale in California after January 1, 2018. 

Notable in the new standards are improvements in the required efficacy of new products. Efficacy is measure of light delivered to power consumed. Higher lamp efficacy translates to more energy-efficiency products.

According the California Energy Commission, 

California opted to permit the federal general service light bulb standard to take effect two years ahead of national adoption. This ensures consumers start saving energy and money earlier. Incandescent and halogen light bulbs will not be able to meet the standard, leaving the door open to more energy saving light bulbs.

More information on the new Standards can be found on the Energy Commission Website.