Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

What is the light bulb law?

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (the“Energy Bill”), signed by President George W. Bush on December 18, 2007 is an energy policy intended to make better use of our resources and help the UnitedStates become energy independent.  The law provides important benefits to consumers, industry, our country and our environment.

Part of the laws sets energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs; the first phase goes into effect January 2012.  This document addresses frequent questions and some common misconceptions about the law.

Under the new law, screw-based light bulbs will use fewer watts for a similar lumen output.  The standards are technology neutral, which means any type of bulb can be sold as long as it meets the efficiency requirements. Common household light bulbs that traditionally use between 40 and 100watts will use at least 27% less energy by 2014.

Opposition to EISA 2007 is demonstrated by the Better Use ofLight Bulbs Act and the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act. The efforts to increase lighting efficiency are also demonstrated by the Energy Star program and the increase efficiency goals by 2011 and 2013.*Information directly from EISA

In 2014 the spending bill proposed by the House effectively blocked the energy efficiency standards in the Energy Independence andSecurity Act of 2007, which would have made incandescent light bulbs obsolete. As of 2018, incandescent bulbs are set to be banned in the United States in 2020.

*Information directly from EISA