General Service Fluorescent Lamps

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

A fluorescent lamp that

  1. is straight-shaped and has a nominal overall length of 1 200 mm (48 inches), a medium bi-pin base and a nominal power of at least 25 W;
  2. is U-shaped and has a nominal overall length of at least 560 mm (22 inches) but not more than 635 mm (25 inches), a medium bi-pin base and a nominal power of at least 25 W;
  3. is rapid-start and straight-shaped and has a nominal overall length of 2 400 mm (96 inches) and a recessed double-contact base;
  4. is instant-start and straight-shaped and has a nominal overall length of 2 400 mm (96 inches), a single- pin base and a nominal power of at least 52 W;
  5. is straight-shaped and standard output and has a nominal overall length of at least 1 125 mm (45 inches) but not more than 1 200 mm (48 inches), a miniature bi-pin base and a nominal power of at least 26 W;
  6. is straight-shaped and high output with a nominal overall length of at least 1 125 mm (45 inches) but not more than 1 200 mm (48 inches), a miniature bi-pin base and a nominal power of at least 49 W;
  7. is a physical and electrical equivalent of a lamp described in any of paragraphs (a) to (f).

    It does not include any of the following:
  8. a fluorescent lamp that is marketed as a plant lamp;
  9. a cold temperature fluorescent lamp;
  10. a coloured fluorescent lamp;
  11. a fluorescent lamp that is designed to be impact resistant;
  12. a reflectorized or aperture fluorescent lamp;
  13. a fluorescent lamp that is designed for use in reprographic equipment;
  14. a fluorescent lamp that is primarily designed to produce ultraviolet radiation;
  15. a fluorescent lamp that has a colour-rendering index of at least 87.

Compliance Date

Manufactured on or after July 15, 2012

Manufactured on or after January 26, 2018

List of Compliant Models

Test standard

CSA C819-95
CSA C819-11
CSA C819-16 or 10 C.F.R. Appendix R
ANSI C78.81-2010
ANSI C78.901-2005

Energy Efficiency Standard
Fluorescent lamps manufactured on or after July 15, 2012
and before January 26, 2018
Lamp Type Correlated Colour Temperature Minimum Average Lamp Efficacy (lm/W)
4-foot medium bipin ≤4500 K 89
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 88
2-foot U-shaped ≤4500 K 84
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 81
8-foot slimline ≤4500 K 97
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 93
8-foot high output ≤4500 K 92
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 88
4-foot miniature bipin standard output ≤4500 K 86
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 81
4-foot miniature bipin high output ≤4500 K 76
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 72
Fluorescent lamps manufactured on or after January 26, 2018**
Lamp Type Correlated Colour Temperature Minimum Average Lamp Efficacy* (lm/W)
4-foot medium bipin ≤4500 K 92.4
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 88.7
2-foot U-shaped ≤4500 K 85.0
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 83.3
8-foot slimline ≤4500 K 97.0
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 93.0
8-foot high output ≤4500 K 92.0
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 88.0
4-foot miniature bipin standard output ≤4500 K 95
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 89.3
4-foot miniature bipin high output ≤4500 K 82.7
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 76.9
*Lamp efficacy using the initial readings.

**If using 10 C.F.R. Appendix R: average lamp efficacy × 1.011 > the minimum average lamp efficacy for the product in 10 C.F.R. §430.32(n)(4)

Energy Efficiency Report Requirements

  • product name (general service fluorescent lamp);
  • brand name;
  • model number;
  • manufacturer;
  • the name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package;
  • nominal power, expressed in watts;
  • shape;
  • nominal overall length;
  • diameter;
  • base type;
  • abbreviation under the designation system in ANSI C78.1 Annex A and ANSI C78.901 Annex B;
  • correlated colour temperature;
  • average colour-rendering index;
  • average lamp efficacy.

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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.