RESOLUTION 2011-21

Incandescent Light Bulbs

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
RESOLUTION 2011-21

SUMMARY:

1. This organization urges that conventional incandescent light bulbs of all wattages continue to be available while manufacturers and researchers work on producing a light source that uses less electricity while retaining the same lighting characteristics as incandescent bulbs.

2. This organization supports legislation such as S. 395.

3. This organization strongly encourages that S. 395 be amended to specifically address the need for development of a lighting source that will meet both the needs of people who have low vision, and address general environmental concerns.

WHEREAS, President George W. Bush signed into law the National Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (NEIS) for the purpose of reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign and unsustainable energy sources and the risks of climate change; and

WHEREAS, Section 321 of this act restricts the sale of regular incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent lights starting in 2012; and

WHEREAS, this section requires the initiation of a rulemaking procedure to determine whether even more restrictive standards on the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs should be adopted by 2014 to address environmental considerations; and

WHEREAS, this section of NEIS imposes, by providing for additional restrictions on the sale of incandescent light bulbs, significant limitations on the independence and functioning of people with low vision, and diminishes their ability to fully participate in society; and

WHEREAS, persons with low vision require appropriate illumination in order to have optimal visual function; and

WHEREAS, since the eyes of each person with low vision respond differently to various light sources, such as fluorescent, halogen, light-emitting diodes and incandescent lighting, it is essential that such persons continue to have available the broadest possible array of choices in lighting options; and

WHEREAS, incandescent lighting works best for many people with low vision to read, cook, sew, and perform other daily tasks, while the wrong lighting frequently causes headaches, eye strain, and glare, thus reducing the ability to independently function optimally at home and in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, the NEIS will likely lead to the discontinued sale of the conventional incandescent light bulbs; and

WHEREAS, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), has introduced S. 395, which would repeal Section 321 of the NEIS albeit for reasons other than concerns about accommodations for people who have low vision; and

WHEREAS, it is essential to the well-being of people who have low vision that the restrictions on the sale of incandescent light bulbs be delayed until such time as a suitable alternative lighting source can be found that both meets the needs of this population and addresses environmental concerns;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the John Ascuaga Nugget Hotel Resort and Casino in Sparks, Nev., on the 15th day of July, 2011, that this organization urge that conventional incandescent light bulbs of all wattages continue to be available while manufacturers and researchers work on producing a light source that uses less electricity while retaining the same lighting characteristics as incandescent bulbs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization support legislation such as S. 395; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization strongly encourage that S. 395 be amended to specifically address the need for development of a lighting source that will meet both the needs of people who have low vision and address general environmental concerns.

Adopted.

Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary