Ceiling Fan Light Kits
The Department of Energy (DOE) has regulated the energy efficiency level of ceiling fan light kits since 2007. Ceiling fan light kits are used to provide light from a ceiling fan. The kit can be attached to the ceiling fan prior to or after the time of retail sale.
The current standard will save approximately 4.6 quads of energy and result in approximately $53.2 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2007-2031. The standard will avoid about 240 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 47 million automobiles.
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DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and announcement of public meeting regarding ceiling fan light kits (June 25, 2015). DOE will host a public meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Comments on the NOPR are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.
DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of the preliminary technical support document regarding energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits. 79 FR 6472 (October 31, 2014). For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.
DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for ceiling fan light kits. 79 FR 64688 (October 31, 2014) For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.
Standards for Ceiling Fan Light Kits
The following content summarizes the energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits. The text is not an official reproduction of the Code of Federal Regulations and should not be used for legal research or citation.
Ceiling fan light kits as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291 (50), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations 10 CFR 430.32(s). This information is also in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
Ceiling fan light kits that are manufactured, assembled, or distributed in commerce on or after January 1, 2007 and have medium screw-based sockets shall be packaged with screw-based lamps to fill all screw base sockets. The screw-based lamps shall:
- Meet the ENERGY STAR® Program requirements for Compact Fluorescent Lamps, version 3; or
- Use light sources other than compact fluorescent lamps that have lumens per watt performance at least equivalent to comparable configured compact fluorescent lamps meeting the energy conservation standards described in ENERGY STAR Program requirements for Compact Fluorescent Lamps, version 3.
Ceiling fan light kits with pin-based sockets for fluorescent lamps that are manufactured, assembled, or distributed in commerce on or after January 1, 2007 shall:
- Meet the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Residential Light Fixtures version 4.0 issued by the Environmental Protection Agency; and
- Shall be packaged with lamps to fill all sockets.
Ceiling fan light kits with socket types other than those covered in the preceding paragraphs including candelabra screw base sockets, manufactured on or after January 1, 2009:
- Shall not be capable of operating with lamps that total more than 190 watts; and
- Shall be packaged to include these lamps with the ceiling fan light kits.
- Final Rule: Standards, Federal Register, 72 FR 1270 (Jan. 11, 2007)
- Docket No. EERE-2006-STD-0119 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.
For further guidance or to submit questions related to the implementation of this standard, visit the Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions page.
Current Test Procedure
To determine compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedures 10 CFR 430.23(x). The methods to conduct the test procedure are further specified at 10 CFR 430, subpart B, appendix V. These are also in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
For further guidance or to submit questions related to the implementation of this test procedure, visit the Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions page.
Test procedure waivers have not been issued for ceiling fan light kits. For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 431 subpart V.
DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for ceiling fan light kits. For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.
State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption
DOE has not exempted any states from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR 431 subpart V or subpart W.
The current energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits are mandated 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 (50))
EPCA prescribed energy conservation standards and test procedures for ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits. DOE implemented energy conservation standards and test procedures for ceiling fan light kits in October 2005. DOE amended energy conservation standards for certain ceiling fan light kits in rules published December 2006 and January 2007. DOE also revised test procedures for ceiling fan light kits in a rule published in December 2006.
2006 Final Rule
2005 EPAct Prescribed Standards
Helpful Links and Contact Information
Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.
DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans/light qualified units are over 50% more efficient than conventional fan/light units.
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