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    How to Make the Transition from Conventional GSL to LED Easy

    October 20, 2022
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    In July 2022, the US Department of Energy (DOE) amended the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Amendments included:


    1. The revision of the definitions of general service lamps (GSL) and general service incandescent and halogen lamps (GSIL) to expand energy-efficiency requirements.
    2. The addition of the ‘Backstop Rule’, banning the import of GSLs producing less than 45 lumens per watt (lm/W).

    Using a flexible enforcement model, the DOE has started to phase in these new restrictions over the last few months, starting with an import ban for the manufacturers and in 2023 restrictions will start to get enforced for resellers.


    But how will this legislation impact your next lighting project? Start by exploring your LED options.


    What the DOE Legislation Signals


    To dive a bit deeper into the DOE’s legislation, GSLs are defined as having the following:


    • An ANSI screw or pin base lamp
    • Lumens between 310-3300
    • The ability to operate at a voltage at or between 12V, 24V, 100V-130V, 220V-240V and 277V

    This legislation is tremendous shift in the industry, but making the switch to LED is critical for a sustainable future. And the new generation of LED is not just energy efficient but connected, laying the groundwork for your digital, smart facility goals. While most American consumers are aware of the benefits of LED, in 2020, around 30% of consumers still bought incandescent lighting.


    As we continue to embrace the power of LED illumination, the benefits of these lights remain undeniable: LED lights use far less energy and can lower your carbon footprint, have a lifespan of 11,000 to 40,000 hours, lasting up to 25 times longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs, use less heat, and are high-quality.


    Because this legislation will cause a tremendous shift in the industry, we have been working to understand what you need to choose LED lighting confidently. We have created a plethora of resources and tools to ease the transition to LED lighting. Our newest resource is our easy-to-use LED Lamp Cross Reference tool.

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    Conversion to LED lamp Cross Reference Tool


    To help you easily transition to, and reap the benefits of, LED lamps, Signify has created a Conventional to LED Lamp Cross Reference Tool that you could download and save on your computer to enable the tool. The tool enables you to find the LED equivalent of your current incandescent or halogen lamp. Once you’ve input the conventional specs you are looking to replace, the tool offers three LED options, along with links to their spec sheets for you to take a closer look.


    Ready to give our LED Lamp Cross Reference Tool a try? For a quick video tutorial, click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

    For more resources visit the GSL legislation landing page.


    Julie Reece
    Jessica Hernandez

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