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Banning the Incandescent Lamp: A Position Statement from the Technical Standards Committee of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association.
2008-05-23

As the costs of fossil fuels have increased and the negative effects on the environment from extracting and burning these fuels have become obvious, there have been numerous proposals to ban the incandescent lamp. While ESTA appreciates the importance of saving energy and protecting the environment, we urge caution and suggest that broad bans of any technology only be enacted after careful consideration of the consequences. Incandescent lamps can be replaced in some applications by more efficacious sources. In those cases, people should be encouraged to use the more efficacious sources, thus reducing energy costs for them, and helping to protect the environment for all. However, for some applications, particularly some in stage, studio, and cultural event lighting, there are no suitable replacements for incandescent lamps. They will need to be part of the available lighting technology until such time as more efficacious sources that deliver the same benefits are available.

Incandescent lamps used by the entertainment industry are significantly more efficacious than general service incandescent lamps, generally using half as much power to produce an equivalent amount of light. They are the primary sources for artistic lighting creations in entertainment and cultural events because of their reliable color and superior color-rendering, their ability to smoothly dim from full brightness to off, and their reduced power consumption when operated at low levels. There currently are no other light sources that have these same attributes. ESTA encourages the development of efficacious light sources, including improvements to incandescent lamp technology, that will deliver consistent color, high color rendering, and smooth dimming, while saving energy.

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