The budget deal includes language preventing the Department of Energy from spending any money to implement or enforce the incandescent light bulbs ban. The law will still be on the books.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The traditional incandescent light bulb won a nine-month reprieve late Thursday from new federal rules that would have led to its demise.
The deal to avert a government shutdown starting Friday night includes a provision that prevents the Department of Energy from spending any money to implement or enforce the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that is set to start going into effect for 100-watt bulbs in 2012.
The new standards and regulations remain on the book, even if they now won't be enforced.