DeGette Bill to Improve LED Lighting Efficiency and Innovation Becomes Law

Jan 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s bill promoting energy conservation and encouraging innovations in LED lighting was signed into law today.

“In an era of intense partisanship, it is heartening to see Congress and the White House agree to codify a necessary improvement that will benefit industry and consumers alike,” DeGette said. “I hope to see similar, common-sense efforts in this new year and will continue working toward that.”

President Trump signed into law the EPS Improvement Act (H.R. 518), a bill DeGette authored that clarifies and modernizes energy conservation rules that were established after the Energy Policy Act of 2005. When that law was written, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) were not on the market; they later came to be classified by the Department of Energy as External Power Supplies. But EPS drivers use a different kind of power conversion design than LEDs and OLEDs, so the standards written for EPS drivers do not work for LEDs and OLEDs.

The bill passed the House just after the start of the 115th Congress in January of 2017 and cleared the Senate last December, both with strong bipartisan support. It is also notable as the only non-health related bill originating in the Energy and Commerce Committee, where DeGette serves as a senior member, to become law since the 115th Congress started.