California Limits TV Power Consumption for 2011 and Beyond

Despite protests from the consumer electronics industry, California adopted the toughest energy efficiency standards in the U.S. for new DTV sets.

By Cliff Roth

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Video/Imaging DesignWire
(12/16/2009 2:33:52 AM)

The state of California previously led the United States in imposing energy efficiency standards for automobiles, and now that attitude has been extended to TV sets. Despite protests from the consumer electronics industry, the state recently adopted the toughest energy efficiency standards in the nation for new DTV sets.

The regulations are phased in over several years, and include more stringent standby mode power regulations that reduce allowable power drain from 3-watts to 1-watt for all screen sizes. The rest of the regulations define allowable power use relative to screen size.

The first regulatory tier, effective on January 1, 2011, will require that television sets of 1, 400 square inches or fewer use fewer than 0.20 x Screen Area (square inches) + 32 watts of energy while in the On or Active mode.

The second tier, effective on January 1, 2013, will require that television sets of 1,400 square inches or fewer use fewer than 0.12 x Screen Area (square inches) + 25 watts.

You can read the full details of these new regulations at the California Energy Commission web site .



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