Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy finalized new and amended energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. These lamps are commonly used for industrial and commercial applications, including parking lot lighting, flood lighting, warehouse lighting and more.

The DOE published a final rule prescribing new energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures, which is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, following comments from industry and environmental groups, Energy Manger Today reported.

After the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, standards were updated to enhance the efficiency of the ballasts that are used for metal halide lamps, according to the DOE.

How Standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures Changed

Metal halide lamp fixtures are now required to be manufactured to achieve a certain energy efficiency rate for 150–500 watt lamps.

The changes will also total nearly $9.6 billion in energy savings, according to the DOE. It can also help prevent approximately 93.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

In February 2017, the standards are expected to be updated to implement new energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. For this updated standard, the energy savings potential is projected to reach $1.6 billion.

What the Changes Mean for Electricians

As the DOE enforces these recently changed energy efficiency standards, electrical contractors must be aware of required efficiency levels for these lamp types.

With government regulations making energy efficiency a priority, electrical contractors are likely to become greatly affected by changing specs for future projects. Contractors will need to be knowledgeable about these energy conservation standards to ensure project specs are accurate and fulfill customer lighting needs.

By keeping themselves updated on the latest trends in metal halide lamps, contractors will be well-prepared to answer questions their customers may have about projects, lighting advancements and more. They also put themselves in a great position to become a leader in their industry within their communities.

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