EPACT - Energy Policy Act of 2005
On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed into law H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Among its many provisions was legislation to increase energy efficiency and conservation in electrical appliances. Specifically on ceiling fans, the socket size of pre-installed uplights and downlights was reduced from a "medium" socket (the standard socket used in a table or floor lamp) to candelabra or E17 intermediate base sockets. The diagram below, provided by Emerson Fans, does an excellent job of graphically demonstrating what kinds of bulbs are EPACT compliant:
EPACT applies to any ceiling fans or light kits that are manufactured or received into the country by 12/31/06. This means that our ceiling fan manufacturers may still have some fans in inventory that use the older bulb design. There is no reason to worry, however, as these do not fall under the requirements of the act. We do encourage the use of compact fluorescent bulbs on those fixtures with the medium-base socket, as recommended by Energy Star Guidelines. Emerson has added the E17 bulb in both frosted and clear for more lighting options in 40 and 60-watt configurations, MInka Aire has also converted to both candelabra and halogen bulbs, Casablanca has replaced all medium sockets with candelabra or compact fluorescent bulbs, and Fanimation has made these changes as well.
Another aspect of EPACT 2005 is that all fans must be reversible and have separate controls for fan speeds and lighting. All of our fan manufacturers are at the forefront of the drive for conservation, and are among the first to comply with EPACT. This is another indication of thei dedication to the environment. All EPACT-compliant ceiling fans will have the logo displayed. We are proud to be carrying manufacturers that have environmental considerations at the forefront of their businesses.
Please call us at 800-205-7819 if you have any questions about EPACT 2005, Energy Star, or other ceiling fan issues.