H.R. 2417 (112th): Better Use of Light Bulbs Act

Jul 06, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Failed Under Suspension)
Joe Barton
Representative for Texas's 6th congressional district
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Last Action: Feb 17, 2011


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 July 12, 2011.

Introduced Jul 06, 2011
Referred to Committee Jul 06, 2011
Failed Under Suspension Jul 12, 2011
Full Title

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


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
Jul 12, 2011 6:45 p.m.
Failed 233/193

35 cosponsors (35R) (show)

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Better Use of Light Bulbs Act - Repeals provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 concerning lighting energy efficiency, including provisions amending the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), that:
(1) prescribe energy efficiency standards for general service incandescent lamps, rough service lamps, and other designated lamps;
(2) direct the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to conduct and report to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on an annual assessment of the market for general service lamps and compact fluorescent lamps;
(3) direct the Secretary to carry out a proactive national program of consumer awareness, information, and education about lamp labels and energy-efficient lighting choices;
(4) prohibit a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or private labeler from distributing in commerce specified adapters for incandescent lamps;
(5) authorize the Secretary to carry out a lighting technology research and development program; and
(6) set forth minimum energy efficiency standards for incandescent reflector lamps.
Provides that EPCA shall be applied and administered as if such provisions had not been enacted.
Provides that: (1) 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; and (2) no state or local regulation concerning the energy efficiency or energy use of medium screw base general service incandescent lamps shall be effective.

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