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General Service Lamps

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There are currently no energy conservation standards for general service lamps (GSLs). GSLs include general service incandescent lamps (GSILs), compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), general service light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lamps, and any other lamps that are used to satisfy lighting applications traditionally served by GSILs. GSLs are used in general lighting applications and account for the majority of installed lighting in the residential sector.


Recent Updates | Standards | Test Procedures | Waiver, Exception, and Exemption Information | Statutory Authority | Historical Information | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of the preliminary technical support document. 79 FR 73503 (December 11, 2014) For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.


Standards for General Service Lamps

There are currently no standards for GSLs. However, certain products included in the definition of GSLs have existing energy conservation standards, specifically GSILs and medium base CFLs. For information on these existing standards, please see the GSIL and medium base CFL product pages.

Test Procedure for General Service Lamps

There are currently no test procedures for GSLs. However, certain products included in the definition of GSLs have test procedures to determine compliance with existing standards, specifically GSILs and medium base CFLs. For information on these test procedures, please see the GSIL and medium base CFL product pages. A rulemaking is also underway to establish test procedures for LED lamps. For more information on this ongoing rulemaking, please see the LED test procedure rulemaking page.

Waivers, Exceptions, and Exemptions

Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for GSLs, the provisions of 10 CFR Part 430 and Part 1003 that apply to waivers, exceptions, state exemptions to federal pre-emption, and small business exemptions are not relevant.

Statutory Authority

Energy conservation standards for general service lamps are authorized by Part A, the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) These appliances are treated as covered products under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6291(2) and (30)(BB))

Historical Information

EISA 2007 amended EPCA to authorize DOE to conduct two rulemaking cycles to evaluate energy conservation standards for GSLs. As required by EISA 2007, DOE is currently conducting the first rulemaking cycle for GSLs.

Helpful Links and Contact Information

Helpful Links

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to the regulation of this product, please email:


GSL@ee.doe.gov