12 Feb 2019
Proposal to Narrow List of Lamps Subject to Energy Efficiency Standards under Consideration
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing 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.
Interested parties may submit comments, data and information on this proposed action no later than 12 April.