Given the role of LED lights in helping lower electricity use, reversing the energy-efficient lightbulb requirements set to go into effect in January makes zero sense. These standards would have gradually phased out incandescent and halogen bulbs (including the everyday pear-shaped bulbs and those used for bathroom vanities, recessed lighting and candle-shape lights). These all would have been replaced with energy-efficient, LED versions.
Between 1950 and 2010, average residential electricity consumption increased 10-fold. But after that, in a shift that captured the attention of economists, government agencies and others who monitor the energy market, consumption began to decline. ... The downward trend began soon after the 2008 financial crisis took hold. At the time, a reduction in electricity consumption wasn’t surprising: Whenever money is tight, consumers cut back. But in a historical departure, after the economy rebounded, the decline in electricity use persisted.