Effects of Incandescent Ban Revealed in Sales Trends

Trends for A-Line Lamp Shipments

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association or NEMA, periodically releases sales trends for lighting products. These reports have taken on added interest because of Federal energy efficiency legislation banning the manufacture and import of certain incandescent light bulbs. The EISA legislation was passed in 2007, but the changes were phased in over a number of years.

At the end of September this year, NEMA reported 2nd quarter 2014 shipments (sales) of incandescent, halogen, CFL and LED A-lamp equivalents. The shipment trends provide an interesting peek into where the industry is headed, at least with respect to the preferred customer light source for the A-lamp form factor.

Incandescent A-line bulbs (40W, 60W, 75W, 100W) dropped over 60% in the second quarter 2014 compared to the previous quarter to a market share of about 35%.

CFL A-line equivalent bulbs had shipments decline by about 3%, but became the market share leader for A-line at 36%.

Halogen A-line shipments increased 10% quarter over quarter with a market share at 25%.

LED A-line had the biggest increase in shipments at almost 36%. However, market share for LED A-line bulbs is still the lowest of the group at about 3%.

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Dave Burtner

Dave has been active in the lighting industry since 1994. Formerly a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and certified by the National Council On Qualifications for Lighting Professionals, Dave now writes blog posts, lighting tips and provides lighting product assistance for the Topbulb website.