Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “fluorescent lamp ballast” means a device that is used to start and operate fluorescent lamps by providing a starting voltage and current and limiting the current during normal operation. 10 CFR 430.2 Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts since 1990. 

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice or proposed rule and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. 84FR9910 (March 18, 2019).

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

DOE is currently undertaking a rulemaking to consider new energy conservation standards for florescent lamp ballasts. 

The fluorescent lamp ballast energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2015-BT-STD-0006 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Framework

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice or proposed rule and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. 84FR9910 (March 18, 2019).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final rule pertaining to the clarification of test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. 81FR25595 (April 29, 2016).

The fluorescent lamp ballast test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2017-BT-TP-0005 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Fluorescent lamp ballasts 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 430.32(m).


Current Test Procedure

To determine that fluorescent lamp ballasts 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 430, Subpart B, Appendix Q.


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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 fluorescent lamp ballasts.

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®

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. 

Contact information

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


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