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Consumer Groups Submit Comments Urging DOE to Withdraw Ill-Conceived Rollback of GSL Lighting Standards

CFA and NCLC filed comments at the Department of Energy opposing the agency’s proposal to withdraw two final lighting rules issued on January 19, 2017.   The 2017 rules expand the definition of general service lamps (GSLs) to include other kinds of light bulbs commonly used by consumers in their homes, such as three-way light bulbs, globe shaped light bulbs and decorative lights such as candelabras, effective January 1, 2020 when GSLs must meet the 45 lumens per watt (LPW) requirement. The groups stressed the point that DOE’s proposal would unnecessarily cost consumers  $14 billion dollars cumulatively or $115 annually per household by 2025 on their energy bills.