US DOE indicates it will roll back policies requiring escalating LED lamp transition


Date: 25-09-2019

Around half of the US lamps market will no longer be forced to an SSL transition with new energy policy announced by Trump’s DOE.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is set to enter new policy into the Federal Register on Sept. 5, 2019 that will eliminate the looming policy that would have required a broader transition to LED sources starting Jan. 1, 2020. Policy will remain in effect essentially requiring ubiquitous A-lamps (sometimes referred to as pear-shaped lamps) to be manufactured using LEDs, but other specialty lamps such as reflector lamps and candelabra- and globe-shaped lamps will not be required to use LEDs. A-lamps were also slated to face even more-challenging efficiency standards starting Jan. 1, 2020, but the DOE has eliminated plans to enact such policy.

We first covered the plans for this policy rollback that will impact the solid-state lighting (SSL) sector back in February 2019. The DOE had previously planned to expand the scope of what is considered either a general service lamp (GSL) or a general service incandescent lamp (GSIL) to include four types of what had been excluded from the efficiency policy via designation as specialty lamps. Note that the policy doesn’t specify the use of LED sources but rather requires efficacy levels that can only be met today via the use of LEDs.