Fluorescent lamp ballasts

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Note:

Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations was published in Canada Gazette Part II on October 31, 2018. While some provisions come into force upon publication, most provisions of this Amendment will come into force on May 1, 2019. The Guide to the Regulations will be updated with new requirements for affected products in time for the coming-into-force of the Amendment.

Regulatory definition

Fluorescent lamp ballast, a device that:

  • is 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
  • is designed for input of 120, 277 or 347 volts, and
  • is designed to operate an F32T8, F34T12, F40T10 or F40T12 rapid-start fluorescent lamp or an F96T12IS, F96T12ES, F96T12HO or F96T12HO ES fluorescent lamp

but does not include any of the following:

  • 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
  • a ballast that, by means of an integrated dimming capability, can reduce the output of the fluorescent lamp by 50% or more;
  • 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, or
  • 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

Compliant product models

Fluorescent lamp ballasts as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Testing standard

CSA C654-14

Energy efficiency regulations by province

Some provinces also have their own energy efficiency regulations for many of the federally regulated products – find out which ones!

Energy efficiency standard

Energy performance standard for fluorescent lamp ballasts
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 bi-pin lamps
2-foot U-shaped lamps
8-foot slimline lamps
277 BLE ≥ 0.993 ÷ (1 + 0.27 × [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 × [total lamp arc power]- 0.25)
Instant start and rapid start residential ballasts that operate lamps commonly referred to as:
4-foot medium bi-pin lamps
2-foot U-shaped lamps
8-foot slimline lamps
120 BLE ≥ 0.993 ÷ (1 + 0.41 × [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 bi-pin lamps
2-foot U-shaped lamps
8-foot slimline lamps
347 BLE ≥ 0.963 ÷ (1 + 0.27 × [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 × [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.

Energy efficiency report requirements

  • name of product
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package
  • 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.