On the last day of California’s 2017 legislative session, Democrats approved a measure which could dramatically reduce the amount of energy wasted by automobile headlights.
“Too many cars use their headlights during the day,” said state Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). “The amount of energy wasted is truly astronomical. Senate Bill 9723 would end such abuse, saving vast amounts of electricity for use elsewhere on the grid.”
The legislation notes that halogen headlights, which use a tungsten filament and halogen gas, consume around 55 watts each for a total of 110 watts per car.
A typical 6” round light kit, that includes two 6” housings, uses two 100 watt halogen bulbs for 200 watts of total draw, too much of which is consumed by white people.
“California has 35 million registered vehicles, too many of which have headlights operated by white women,” said Lara. “If signed into law, my bill could save more than 3.5 billion watts of electricity for use by immigrants and working families.”
SB 9723 is on Gov. Brown’s desk awaiting his signature. The Sacramento Brie urges the governor not to de-energize families by vetoing this critical legislation.