2014 Lighting Legislation

Make the Switch to Energy Efficiency

The second phase of the Department of Energy’s Lighting Legislation takes effect on ?July 14, 2014 with a focus on the manufacturing of T8 lamps. In an effort to provide ?options without adding expense, Grainger and GE have come together to help make ?this transition as easy as possible.


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Incandescent A19 Lighting Legislation


The standard A19 incandescent bulb can no longer be manufactured for sale in the U.S. based on the following schedule*:

Rated Lumens Typical Current
Lamp Wattage
Maximum Rate
Minimum Rated
Effective Date California
Effective Date
1490-2600 100 72 1,000 hours 1/1/2012 1/1/2011
1050-1489 75 53 1,000 hours 1/1/2013 1/1/2012
750-1049 60 43 1,000 hours 1/1/2014 1/1/2013
310-749 40 29 1,000 hours 1/1/2014 1/1/2013


Retailers and distributors may still sell these bulbs until their inventory is exhausted. Lamp manufacturers may also sell off their existing inventory. Consumers may continue to use existing incandescent bulbs.

Most specialty and decorative lighting sources are not regulated and will continue to be sold.

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Reflector Legislation

In addition, all incandescent R20, R30, R40, BR30, BR40, and BPAR reflector bulbs must meet halogen efficiency levels except:

  • Lamps rated at 50 watts or less that are ER30, BR30, BR40, or ER40           
  • Lamps rated at 65 watts that are BR30, BR40 or ER40
  • R20 incandescent reflector lamps rated 45 watts or less

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Linear Fluorescent and Halogen Legislation

The Department of Energy announced new efficiency standards for linear and U-shaped fluorescent lamps and halogen PAR lamps. The new standard will become effective on July 14, 2012 and will implement lumens per watt (LPW) regulations for linear fluorescent and halogen PAR lamps.

The new regulations will affect the following fluorescent and halogen bulbs*:

  • All standard 4-foot T12 bulbs eliminated
  • Most 8-foot T12 bulbs eliminated
  • Some 4-foot T8 bulbs eliminated
  • All standard halogen PAR38, PAR30, PAR20 bulbs within the 40 watt – 205 watt standard eliminated
  • No changes for T5 bulbs

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Energy-Efficient Lighting Replacement Options


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Lighting Energy Resources

† Source: GE Lighting

* There are exclusions to each of these regulations. The regulation dates are when the products can no longer be manufactured. Inventory built prior to the cut-off date can still be sold. Information is subject to change.