Lighting standards expanded
Final rules for lighting include energy conservation standards, which could lead to huge financial savings according to President Obama.
Within President Barack Obama's expanded energy plan are the final rulings on standards for efficient lighting. These new standards explain specifically the test procedures to be used on general service fluorescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, and general service incandescent lamps. The U.S. Dept. of Energy states that 7% of all energy used in the United States comes from lighting.
The final rule does not take effect until 2012, but several standard levels are being adjusted currently. Tables representing changes in the energy conservation standards for fluorescent and incandescent lights appear in the plan, specifying what the correlated color temperature should be for various types of lamps. Each table also outlines conservation standard in lumens/Watt for the lighting varieties.
President Obama said the new plan would save consumers and businesses billions of dollars, an estimated $1 billion to $4 billion per year between 2012 and 2042, which was previously spent on wasted energy. Nearly 75% of the countries buildings were constructed prior to 1979, meaning they are not using the latest technology for energy and lighting conservation.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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