California Moves Forward with Lightbulb Standard

The California Energy Commission has essentially voted to bar sales of incandescent and halogen bulbs by adopting stronger energy efficiency lightbulb standards. The vote comes after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) withdrew the 2017 energy efficiency standards for certain types of light bulbs. The state banned the sale of pear-shaped bulbs in 2018, but the rule will now extend to other shapes of incandescent bulbs — a wide collection used in chandeliers, recessed lighting and other lamps that DOE recently rolled back.