Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “Metal halide lamp fixture" means a light fixture for general lighting application designed to be operated with a metal halide lamp and a ballast for a metal halide lamp. 10 CFR 431.322. Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures since 2007.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice Final Rule adopting amendments to its test procedure for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs) to incorporate by reference new relevant industry standards as well as update to latest versions of existing references; clarify the selection of reference lamps used for testing; specify the light output level at which to test dimming ballasts; revise definitions and reorganize the content of the test procedure for better readability and clarity; and revise the standby mode test method for MHLFs.

  • The effective date of this rule is July 25, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting December 21, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register July 25, 2022.

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.

Standards

Notice of Final Determination
  • Federal Register, 86FR58763 (October 25, 2021)
Notice of Proposed Determination
  • Federal Register, 85FR47472 (August 5, 2020)
Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 84FR31232 (July 1, 2019)

The metal halide lamp fixtures energy conservation standard rulemaking docket  EERE-2009-BT-STD-0018 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

Final Rule 
  • Federal Register, 87FR37685 (June 24, 2022)
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Federal Register, 86FR37069 (July 14, 2021)

The metal halide lamp fixtures energy test procedure docket EERE-2008-BT-TP-0017 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Metal halide lamp fixtures manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.326.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that metal halide lamp fixtures that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 431.324.


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Compliance

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.

Waivers

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

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

Exceptions 

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for metal halide lamp fixtures.

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.

ENERGY STAR®

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

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

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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