Congress passed law 2016 mandating bulbs
Highlighting the growing consumer support for LEDs, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association reports that LED sales in the third quarter of 2015 increased by more than 230 percent compared to the same period in 2014.
Even so, LEDs still only represent approximately 9 percent of the market, which means there is plenty of room for improvement.
Supporters argue the bill is a necessary and inexpensive safety measure that would save lives, while cars currently provide drivers with warnings for things that life threatening.“No child should endure the tragedy of dying while trapped in a hot vehicle.
The House version has attracted 19 bipartisan cosponsors: 16 Democrats and three Republicans.
On February 12, 2016, DOE issued a proposed rule for new efficiency standards for CFLs and LEDs, which is designed to reach the 2020 efficiency target mandated by EISA.
The proposed standard does not discriminate by technology, but instead sets a general efficiency target of 45 lumens per watt.
This announcement was followed by another in February 2016 when General Electric (GE) announced that it will cease production of CFLs for the U. LEDs have many benefits over their incandescent counterparts including longer lifespans and lower energy costs, all without sacrificing consumer satisfaction.
Since 1990, 836 children have died from heatstroke after being accidentally left in cars. It is not unusual for the government to mandate safety features to protect lives,” Ryan continued.“Cars are mandated to have seat belts, interior trunk-releases, and rear backup cameras.
That’s the second-most common cause of nontraffic child fatalities from vehicles, behind only accidental backovers. Our legislation would move us one step closer to getting this inexpensive technology in every car on the road to help save the lives of children nationwide.”Opponents say the bill would increase costs while not doing much to solve the problem, especially in the near term because of car buying habits.“The proposed mandate for notification technology in cars misses the targeted population, because so few parents of young children buy new cars,” the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement.
The Senate version has attracted two bipartisan cosponsors, a Democrat and a Republican.
It awaits a possible vote in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.