Trump administration tries to drag light bulbs back into the dark ages
Pushed by industry groups, the Energy Department said in February it would withdraw an Obama-era rule that would extend efficiency standards to categories of lighting not originally covered under the 2007 law.
These include reflector bulbs used in recessed lighting, candle-shaped bulbs for chandeliers and sconces, and globes for bathroom fixtures. All together, these constitute almost half of the nation’s 6 billion light sockets.
The savings could be enormous, the equivalent of closing down 25 coal-burning power plants, says Noah Horowitz, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council.