Lighting regulations and codes are changing frequently. Federal, state and local governments are continuously working on new ways of reducing energy consumption and lighting spillover on building plots and plans. Find out more about current regulations here:

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT)
Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007


The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT):

Signed by President Bush on August 8, 2005, offers consumers and businesses federal tax credits beginning in January 2006 for purchasing fuel-efficient hybrid-electric vehicles and energy-efficient appliances and products. Buying and driving a fuel-efficient vehicle and purchasing and installing energy-efficient appliances and products provide many benefits such as better gas mileage – meaning lower gasoline costs, fewer emissions, lower energy bills, increased indoor comfort, and reduced air pollution.Some consumers will also be eligible for utility or state rebates, as well as state tax incentives for energy-efficient homes, vehicles and equipment. Each state’s energy office web site may have more information on specific state tax information.

About Tax Credits

A tax credit is generally more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed. Beginning in tax year 2006, consumers will be able to itemize purchases on their federal income tax form, which will lower the total amount of tax they owe the government.

Business Tax Credits

Businesses are eligible for tax credits for buying hybrid vehicles, for building energy- efficient buildings, and for improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings (as outlined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005).


Credit for business installation of qualified fuel cells, stationary microturbine power plants, and solar equipment. This provides a 30% tax credit for the purchase price for installing qualified fuel cell power plants for businesses, a 10% credit for qualifying stationary microturbine power plants and a 30% credit for qualifying solar energy equipment. This is effective January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007.Energy-efficient Commercial building deduction. This provision allows a tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings that reduce annual energy and power consumption by 50% compared to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 2001 standard. The deduction would equal the cost of energy-efficient property installed during construction, with a maximum deduction of $1.80 per square foot of the building. Additionally, a partial deduction of 60 cents per square foot would be provided for building subsystems.

You can find out more about EPACT Here.

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Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007:

In December, the 2007 Energy Bill, officially know as the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007” was signed into law by President Bush. After much negotiation throughout the year, it contained most of the energy efficiency provisions supported by industry for incandescent A-line lamps and incandescent reflector lamps. Other provisions contained within the bill include regulations for ballasts used in Metal Halide Fixtures and increased efficiency requirements for federal buildings.

A-line Lamps

The incandescent A-line regulations primarily affect the common 40W, 60W, 75W and 100W incandescent lamps. It requires an increase in efficiency by approximately 30% starting in 2012 by requiring a reduction in lamp wattage while maintaining lumen levels. The new standards are shown in the chart below.


Today's Watt Maximum Rated Wattage Lumen Range* Minimum Life Effective Date**
100 W 72 W 1490 - 2600 1000 Hrs 1/1/2012
75 W 53 W 1050 - 1489 1000 Hrs 1/1/2013
60 W 43 W 750 - 1049 1000 Hrs 1/1/2014
40 W 29 W 310 - 749 1000 Hrs 1/1/2014


* Reduced by 25% for Modified Spectrum (Reveal) Lamps.
** CA and NV can adopt standards one year earlier. All other states preempted.

Incandescent Reflector Lamps

All R20, R30, R40, PAR20, PAR30, PAR38, BR30, BR40, ER30, ER40, and BPAR must meet Halogen efficiency levels except:

Lamps rated at 50 watts or less that are ER30, BR30, BR40, or, ER40 lamps.
Lamps rated at 65 watts that are BR30, BR40 or ER40 lamps.
R20 incandescent reflector lamps rated 45 watts or less.

Will be implemented nationally during the first 6 months of 2008.

Metal Halide Fixtures

Metal Halide lamp fixtures designed to be operated with lamps rated between 150 watts and 500 watts shall contain a pulse start metal halide ballast with a minimum ballast efficiency of 88 percent, magnetic probe-start ballast with a minimum efficiency of 94 percent, a non-pulse start electronic ballast with a minimum ballast efficiency of 92% for wattages greater than 250 watts; and a minimum ballast efficiency of 90% for wattages less than or equal to 250 watts. Exceptions: Fixtures with regulated lag ballasts; fixtures that use electronic ballasts that operate at 480 volts; fixtures that are rated for 150 watt lamps; fixtures that are rated for use in wet locations; or fixtures that contain a ballast that is rated to operate at ambient air temperatures of 50 C. Effective January 1st, 2009.

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Health Connect Properties, Inc.
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