1 April 2019
Deadline for Input on Proposal to Narrow List of Lamps Subject to Energy Efficiency Standards Extended
The U.S. Department of Energy has extended from 12 April to 3 May the deadline for interested parties to submit input in connection with a proposal to withdraw the definitions of general service lamps and general service incandescent lamps established in two final rules issued on 19 January 2017. This action would effectively narrow the list of lamps that would be subject to mandatory energy efficiency standards beginning on 1 January 2020.
The DOE believes these definitions improperly included certain general service incandescent lamps within the scope of the general service lamp definition, including rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, high lumen lamps and shatter-resistant lamps. The proposal would also maintain the existing exclusion of incandescent reflector lamps from the statutory definitions of general service incandescent lamps and general service lamps, as well as T-shape lamps that use no more than 40 watts or have a length of more than 10 inches and B, BA, CA, F, G16–1/2, G25, G30, S and M–14 lamps of 40 watts or less. Moreover, candelabra base incandescent lamps would not be considered general service lamps because the existing definition applies only to medium screw base lamps.