To repeal certain amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with respect to lighting energy efficiency, and for other purposes. Read More


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called 'suspension', or while resolving differences on Jul 12, 2011.

Bill Text


To repeal certain amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with respect to lighting energy efficiency, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Better Use of Light Bulbs Act''.


(a) In General.--Sections 321 and 322 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140) are repealed. (b) Application.--The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.) shall be applied and administered as if sections 321 and 322 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (and the amendments made by those sections) had not been enacted.


No Federal, State, or local requirement or standard regarding energy efficient lighting shall be effective to the extent that the requirement or standard can be satisfied only by installing or using lamps containing mercury.


No State or local regulation, or revision thereof, concerning the energy efficiency or energy use of medium screw base general service incandescent lamps shall be effective.


In this Act, the terms ``general service incandescent lamp'', ``lamp'', and ``medium screw base'' have the meanings given those terms pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), as applied and administered pursuant to section 2. <all>

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ATR President Grover Norquist sent the following letter to Rep. Barton: "On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform, I would like to thank you for introducing H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act. Thankfully, this legislation will put an end to the onerous efficiency standards mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which amounted to a de-facto ban on incandescent light bulbs. The BULB Act restores consumer choice, fosters free-market competition, and prevents the government from picking winners and losers. In 2007, when Washington lawmakers attempted to phase out the more popular incandescent bulbs in favor of bulbs with higher “efficiency standards,” they did not consider the possibility that these mandates could only be met through the purchase of bulbs with high levels of mercury. This type of unintended consequence is a common occurrence when the government interferes with private enterprise. Nanny-state solutions usually end up doing more harm than good, and the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs proved no exception to this rule. The efficiency standards mandated by the Energy and Independence Security Act are set to kick in January of 2012. If Congress acts quickly and passes the BULB Act, millions of Americans can be spared from this destructive energy policy. The BULB Act is a commonsense initiative that should receive bipartisan support, as it protects consumers in two important ways. Firstly, it eliminates burdensome efficiency standards that will limit personal freedom and favor certain light bulb technologies over others. Secondly, the legislation ensures that no federal, state, or local lighting requirement can mandate the use of bulbs that contain mercury in the future. It is refreshing to see lawmakers in Washington promoting – not restricting – consumer choice. Thank you for remembering that a competitive market cannot function in an environment of Orwellian mandates and government interference. ATR eagerly awaits final passage of this bill so that families and small businesses can decide on the cost, type, and efficiency of light bulb that works best for their own needs." Read more:


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The Administration opposes HR 2417, which would repeal energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, because it would result in negative economic consequences for U.S. consumers and the economy. The Department of Energy has estimated that the lighting standards that H.R. 2417 would repeal could collectively save U.S. households nearly $6 billion in 2015 alone. These standards are: (1) helping to drive U.S. innovation; (2) creating new manufacturing jobs in the United States; (3) saving consumers money by providing them with energy and cost efficient lighting; and (4) reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Further, H.R. 2417 is unnecessary. Any type of bulb can be sold as long as it meets the efficiency requirements. In sum, the bill would hinder an opportunity to save American consumers money, while enhancing energy efficiency and reducing harmful emissions associated with energy production.

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Bill Summary

H.R. 2416 Monroe County HUBZone Extension Act of 2011 H.R. 2418 National Future Farmers of America Commemorative Coin Act of 2011