Environmental rollbacks shine spotlight on bulbs

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February 15, 2019 - 3:35 PM

A replica of an early Edison light bulb. TNS

The Trump administration has been on a spree of environmental rollbacks, including air and auto emissions. Its next target: light bulbs.

All those specialty bulbs consumers flock to for nostalgic or decorative appeal — Edison, globe, candelabra — were to face new efficiency standards in January 2020 under an Obama administration rule that would likely make the incandescent bulb an artifact. The reason: Old-style bulbs are notoriously inefficient, requiring more energy and therefore contributing to greenhouse gases and climate change, a priority of the Obama administration.

But this month, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed continuing to exempt certain types of lighting.

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