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General Service Lamps

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Technical requirements

Regulatory definition
An electrical device that provides functional illumination and

  1. has a luminous flux of at least 250 lumens (lm) but no greater than 2600 lm
  2. has a nominal voltage or voltage range that lies at least partially between 100 volts and 130 volts, and
  3. is screw-based

but does not include

  1. an appliance lamp,
  2. a CFL,
  3. a coloured lamp,
  4. an explosion resistant lamp, namely, a lamp that is designed and certified to operate in a Class I, Division 1 or Class II, Division 1 environment as defined in the IEC standard CEI/IEC 60079-0 (2007) entitled Explosive atmospheres – Part 0: Equipment – General Requirements,
  5. an infrared lamp,
  6. a lamp that has a G-shape as specified in ANSI C78.20 and ANSI C79.1, with a diameter of 13 cm or more,
  7. a showcase lamp, namely, a lamp that has a T-shape as specified in ANSI C78.20 and ANSI C79.1 and a maximum wattage of 40 W or a length exceeding 25 cm and is marketed as a showcase lamp,
  8. a lamp that uses solid state technology, namely, a lamp with a light source that comes from light-emitting diodes,
  9. a left-hand thread lamp, namely, a lamp with a base that screws into a lamp socket in a counter-clockwise direction,
  10. a plant lamp,
  11. an incandescent reflector lamp that has a shape specified in ANSI C79.1,
  12. a sign service lamp, namely, a vacuum type or gas-filled lamp that has sufficiently low bulb temperature to permit exposed outdoor use on high-speed flashing circuits and is marketed as a sign service lamp,
  13. a silver bowl lamp (defined as a lamp that has a reflective coating applied directly to part of the bulb surface that reflects light toward the lamp base and that is marketed as a silver bowl lamp),
  14. a traffic signal module, a pedestrian module or a street light,
  15. a submersible lamp,
  16. a lamp that has a screw base size of E5, E10, E11, E12, E17, E26/50×39, E26/53×39, E29/28, E29/53×39, E39, E39d, EP39 or EX39 as specified in ANSI C81.61, and
  17. a lamp that has a B, BA, CA, F, G16-½, G25, G30, S or M-14 shape or other similar shape, as specified in ANSI C78.20 and ANSI C79.1, and a maximum wattage of 40 W

Note
The definition of general service lamp excludes rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, shatter resistant lamps or lamps with E26d screw bases as specified in ANSI C81.61 only with regard to minimum energy performance standards.  For labeling purposes, these lamps are included in the definition.

Modified spectrum lamp
An enhanced, modified or full spectrum lamp that is marketed as such, is not coloured and, when operated at its rated voltage and wattage, has colour point chromaticity coordinates on the 1931 chromaticity diagram, as described in the CIE standard CIE 15: 2004 entitled Colorimetry, that lie outside a four-step MacAdam ellipse, as described in the IES standard IES LM-58-94 entitled Guide to Spectroradiometric Measurements, that is centred at the chromaticity coordinates of a reference standard spectrum lamp

Test standard
IESNA LM45 for lamp lumen output and wattage
IESNA LM49 for lamp life
CIE 13.3 for lamp Colour Rendering Index (CRI)
(tested at 120 volts regardless of its nominal voltage)

Compliance date
September 1, 2008 for lamp package labelling
January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 for minimum performance

Note: Amendment 12 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations delayed the minimum performance levels by two year, from 2012 to 2014. Labelling and reporting requirements remain in effect for this product.

EnerGuide label
Lamp package labelling required: light output (lumens), energy used (watts), and life (hours)

Lighting products: General labelling, verification, test data, reporting and importing

EnerGuide directory
List of models: General Service Lamps

Energy efficiency standard
Product Class Lamp Efficacy Life Colour Rendering Index (CRI)
   January 1, 2014
With a luminous flux of at least 1050 lm but no greater than 2600 lm other than modified spectrum lamps ≥ 4.0357 × ln(lumen) – 7.1345 ≥ 1000 hours ≥ 80
Modified spectrum lamps with a luminous flux of at least 1050 lm but no greater than 2600 lm ≥ 75% of the efficacy of the reference standard spectrum lamp ≥ 1000 hours ≥ 80
   December 31, 2014
With a luminous flux of at least 250 lm but no greater than 1049 lm other than modified spectrum lamps ≥ 4.0357 × ln(lumen) – 7.1345 ≥ 1000 hours ≥ 80
Modified spectrum lamps with a luminous flux of at least 250 lm but no greater than 1049 lm ≥ 75% of the efficacy of the reference standard spectrum lamp ≥ 1000 hours ≥ 80
lm = lumen
ln = natural logarithm

Requirements for the energy efficiency report prior to import, as listed in Schedule IV of the Regulations

  • type of product (general service lamp)
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the organization or province that carried out the general service lamp verification and authorized the verification mark that will be affixed to the product, or, name of a laboratory, accredited in respect of lighting energy performance by either the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) or the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), that has verified the information displayed on the product's package, if verified or tested. If there are reasonable grounds to believe that the performance of the product does not correspond with the information displayed on its package, at the request of the Minister, test data from an accredited laboratory (SCC or NVLAP) that confirms the information must be presented.
  • lamp description
  • nominal power and, in the case of a three-way lamp, the nominal power at each operating level
  • luminous flux and, in the case of a three-way lamp, the luminous flux at each operating level
  • CRI
  • life