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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."

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

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.


There are no ongoing rulemakings pertaining to efficiency standards for luminaires.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

DOE published a request for information concerning test procedures for luminaires. 76 FR 47178 (August 4, 2011).

The luminaire test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-TP-0041 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

Current Standard

There are currently no energy conservation standards for luminaires.

Current Test Procedure

There are currently no test procedures for luminaires.

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DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.


For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.


DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for luminaires.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state 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 part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.


DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

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