General service fluorescent lamps

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

General service fluorescent lamp, a fluorescent lamp that:

  • 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
  • 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
  • is rapid-start and straight-shaped and has a nominal overall length of 2 400 mm (96 inches) and a recessed double-contact base
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, or
  • is a physical and electrical equivalent of a lamp described above

but does not include any of the following:

  • a fluorescent lamp that is marketed as a plant lamp
  • a cold temperature fluorescent lamp
  • a coloured fluorescent lamp
  • a fluorescent lamp that is designed to be impact resistant
  • a reflectorized or aperture fluorescent lamp
  • a fluorescent lamp that is designed for use in reprographic equipment
  • a fluorescent lamp that is primarily designed to produce ultraviolet radiation, or
  • a fluorescent lamp that has a colour-rendering index of at least 87

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after January 26, 2018

Compliant product models

General service fluorescent lamps as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Testing standard

CSA C819-16 or 10 C.F.R. Appendix R

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 general service fluorescent lamps*
Lamp type Correlated colour temperature Minimum average lamp efficacy (lm/W)**
4-foot medium bi-pin ≤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 bi-pin standard output ≤4500 K 95
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 89.3
4-foot miniature bi-pin high output ≤4500 K 82.7
  >4500 K to ≤7000 K 76.9
* 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)
** Lamp efficacy using the initial readings.
lm/W = lumens per watt
K = kelvin

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
  • 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.