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The Department of Energy (DOE) currently regulates certain lighting system components, but with only minor exceptions (torchieres, ceiling fan light kits, exit signs, traffic signals, and metal halide lamp fixtures), has not regulated luminaires. By definition of the Illuminating Engineering Society Lighting Handbook, a luminaire is "a device to produce, control and distribute light. It is a complete lighting unit consisting of one or more lamps and some or all of the following components: optical control devices designed to distribute the light; sockets or mountings to position and protect the lamps and to connect the lamps to a supply of electric power; the mechanical components required to support or attach the luminaire, and various electrical and electronic components to start, operate, dim, or otherwise control and maintain the operation of the lamps or LEDs."

The Standards and Test Procedures for this product are related to Rulemaking for Luminaire Test Procedure.

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

Recent Updates

DOE published a request for information and received stakeholder comments related to luminaire test procedures and information programs. 76 FR 47178 (Aug. 4, 2011).

Standards for Luminaires

There are currently no energy conservation standards for luminaires.

Test Procedure for Luminaires

Current Test Procedure

There are currently no test procedures for luminaires.

Waivers, Exceptions, and Exemptions

Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for luminaires, 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

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) required DOE to support and monitor a national voluntary testing and information program for widely used luminaires that have significant energy savings potential, and to issue a determination as to whether the program developed was consistent with those objectives. The program was required to include specifications for test procedures and information to enable purchasers of such luminaires to make more informed decisions about the energy efficiency and costs of alternative products. If DOE determines that a program of voluntary national testing and information for luminaires consistent with those objectives has not been developed, EPAct 1992 directs DOE to develop test procedures for luminaires. (42 U.S.C. 6292 note)

Historical Information

DOE is currently evaluating information that it received in response to the August 4, 2011 request for information.

Helpful Links and Contact Information

Helpful Links

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DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified luminaires use one quarter of the energy of typical traditional luminaires.

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