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Rulemaking for High Intensity Discharge Lamps Test Procedures

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High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps include mercury vapor (MV), metal halide (MH), and high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. The Department of Energy (DOE) is establishing test procedures for HID lamps. This rulemaking is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). ( 42 U.S.C. 6291-6309)


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for HID lamps. 79 FR 29631 (May 22, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

No public meeting is scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The high-intensity discharge lamps test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-TP-0044 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Federal Register, 76 FR 77914 (December 15, 2011)
  • Public Meeting 01/19/2012
  • Public Meeting Presentation
  • Public Meeting Transcript
  • Comment deadline: closed
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

Related Rulemakings

DOE is also conducting a rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for HID lamps. For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.



Statutory Authority

The current rulemaking for energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge lamps is mandated by Part A-1, the ‘‘Certain Industrial Equipment’’ of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317) These appliances are all treated as covered equipment under Part A-1. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1))

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT 1992) amended the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) by adding HID lamps as covered equipment and requiring the DOE to:

  • Determine whether energy conservation standards for HID lamps would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would likely result in significant energy savings;
  • Prescribe testing requirements within 30 months for those HID lamps for which standards are justified; and
  • Prescribe energy conservation standards within 18 months of establishing testing requirements.

On July 1, 2010, DOE published a positive final determination regarding HID lamps. 75 FR 37975. On December 15, 2011, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for test procedures for HID lamps. 76 FR 77914.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

high_intensity_discharge_lamps@ee.doe.gov