The Trump administration is rolling back of requirements for more energy-efficient lightbulbs — a move lambasted by critics as being both costly to consumers and harmful to the planet.
The Energy Department announced Wednesday that it was eliminating efficiency standards for many commonly used lightbulbs. These standards had been included in energy laws implemented under President George W. Bush and finalized during President Barack Obama’s tenure, NBC News reported. In the years since, the bulb rules have become a cause for conservative media and politicians, including President Donald Trump.
Scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, the regulations would have raised the energy efficiency requirements for many popular lightbulb types, including those used in bathroom vanities, chandeliers and recessed lighting. The standards would have led to the phasing out of incandescent and halogen bulbs used for these purposes and replaced them with fluorescent or LED versions. LED bulbs use up to 80% less electricity and last considerably longer than traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs.