The following report is a short preliminary survey study presenting an overview of the
effects and implications of increased use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), soon to
be mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This study was
partially funded by a seed money grant from the Illuminating Engineering Society.
The main purpose of the study is to determine if more research is required before the ban
on ordinary incandescent lamps takes effect. If it is determined that it would be in the
best interest of the country to conduct further studies, then the ban and the restrictions
placed on the incandescent lamp should be withdrawn and held in abeyance, until a solid
basis can be determined as to what the best course of action be taken to meet the spirit of
the act. All funding by the several government entities promoting the use of CFLs should
also cease until there is careful evaluation of relevant CFLs characteristics and
comparison with incandescent lamps.
We assembled an experienced interdisciplinary team, fully capable of delivering
proposed investigation and research.