Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

A device that is

  1. designed to start and operate fluorescent lamps by providing a starting voltage and current, limiting the current during normal operation, and where necessary to facilitate lamp operation, providing cathode heating;
  2. designed for input of 120, 277 or 347 volts; and
  3. designed to operate an F32T8, F34T12, F40T10 or F40T12 rapid-start fluorescent lamp or an F96T12IS, F96T12ES, F96T12HO or F96T12HO ES fluorescent lamp.
    It does not include any of the following:
  4. a ballast that is designed to be used in an outdoor sign and to operate two F96T12HO fluorescent lamps in ambient temperatures at or below –28.9°C;
  5. a ballast that, by means of an integrated dimming capability, can reduce the output of the fluorescent lamp by 50% or more;
  6. a low-frequency T8 ballast that is designed and marketed only for use in an electromagnetic-interference-sensitive environment and that is sold in a package of 10 or fewer;
  7. a program-start ballast that is designed to operate one or more T8 fluorescent lamps with a nominal overall length of 1 200 mm and a medium bi-pin base, and that delivers an average current of less than 140 mA to each lamp.

Compliance Date

Manufactured on or after November 14, 2014

 

List of Compliant Models

 

Test Standard

CSA C654-10

CSA C654-14

Energy Efficiency Standard
Ballasts manufactured on or after February 3, 1995 and before November 14, 2014
Number of lamps Lamp type Mains line voltage Total nominal lamp watts Minimum Ballast Efficacy Factor
1 F34T12 120 34 2.61
    277 34 2.61
    347 34 2.53
1 F40T12 (Also for use on F40T10 lamps.) 120 40 2.29
    277 40 2.29
    347 40 2.22
2 F32T8 120 64 1.250
    277 64 1.230
    347 64 1.200
2 F34T12 120 68 1.35
    277 68 1.35
    347 68 1.29
2 F40T12 (Also for use on F40T10 lamps.) 120 80 1.17
    277 80 1.17
    347 80 1.12
2 F96T12/ES 120 120 0.77
    277 120 0.77
    347 120 0.76
2 F96T12/IS (Also for use on F96T12/ES lamps.) 120 150 0.63
    277 150 0.63
    347 150 0.62
2 F96T12/HO 120 220 0.390
    277 220 0.390
    347 220 0.380
2 F96T12HO/ES 120 190 0.42
    277 190 0.42
    347 190 0.41
Ballasts shall have a power factor of not less than 90%. For ballasts used with F32T8 lamps with a colour rendering index greater than 75 in residential applications at 120 V, a power factor greater than or equal to 0.5 shall be considered acceptable. The total harmonic distortion requirements of NEMA/ANSI C82.77 shall be met.

 

Ballasts manufactured on or after November 14, 2014
Description Voltage Minimum Ballast Luminous Efficiency*
Instant start and rapid start ballasts (not classified as residential) that are designed to operate lamps commonly referred to as:
4-foot medium bipin lamps
2-foot U-shaped lamps
8-foot slimline lamps
277 BLE ≥ 0.993 ÷ (1 + 0.27 × [average total lamp arc power]- 0.25)
Instant start and rapid start ballasts (not classified as sign ballasts) that are designed to operate lamps commonly referred to as 8-foot high output lamps 277 BLE ≥ 0.993 ÷ (1 + 0.38 × [average total lamp arc power]- 0.25)
Instant start and rapid start residential ballasts that operate lamps commonly referred to as:
4-foot medium bipin lamps
2-foot U-shaped lamps
8-foot slimline lamps
120 BLE ≥ 0.993 ÷ (1 + 0.41 × [average total lamp arc power]- 0.25)
Instant start and rapid start ballasts (not classified as residential) that are designed to operate lamps commonly referred to as:
4-foot medium bipin lamps
2-foot U-shaped lamps
8-foot slimline lamps
347 BLE ≥ 0.963 ÷ (1 + 0.27 × [average total lamp arc power]- 0.25)
Instant start and rapid start ballasts (not classified as sign ballasts) that are designed to operate lamps commonly referred to as 8-foot high output lamps 347 BLE ≥ 0.963 ÷ (1 + 0.38 × [average total lamp arc power]- 0.25)

*Where BLE = Total Test Ballast Lamp Arc Power / Ballast Input Power Ballasts shall have a power factor of not less than 90%.

For ballasts designed and labelled for use in residential applications at 120 V, a power factor greater than or equal to 0.5 shall be considered acceptable. The total harmonic distortion requirements of NEMA/ANSI C82.77 shall be met.

Energy Efficiency Report Requirements

  • product name (fluorescent lamp ballast);
  • brand name;
  • model number;
  • manufacturer;
  • the name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package;

Ballasts manufactured on or after February 3, 1995 and before November 14, 2014

  • ballast efficacy factor;
  • type and number of fluorescent lamps it is designed to operate;
  • nominal input voltage.

Ballasts manufactured on or after November 14, 2014

  • class number set out in Table 1A of CSA C654-14;
  • ballast luminous efficiency;
  • nominal input voltage;
  • ballast input power, in watts;
  • total lamp arc power, in watts;
  • power factor.

Download the energy efficiency reporting template.

This document does not constitute part of the Energy Efficiency Act (Act) or its associated regulations.  This document is an administrative document that is intended to facilitate compliance by the regulated party with the Act and its associated regulations.  This document is not intended to provide legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Act or its associated regulations. If a regulated party has questions about their legal obligations or responsibilities under the Act or its associated regulations, they should seek the advice of legal counsel.