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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general service lamps, ceiling fans and dedicated-purpose pool pumps.

General Service Lamps
The DOE has amended the definition of “general service lamp” to include incandescent reflector lamps, effective 1 January 2020. A general service lamp is a lamp that has an ANSI base; is able to operate at a voltage of 12 volts or 24 volts, at or between 100 to 130 volts, at or between 220 to 240 volts, or of 277 volts for integrated lamps, or is able to operate at any voltage for non-integrated lamps; has an initial lumen output of greater than or equal to 310 lumens (or 232 lumens for modified spectrum general service incandescent lamps) and less than or equal to 3,300 lumens; is not a light fixture; is not a light-emitting diode downlight retrofit kit; and is used in general lighting applications.

General service lamps include general service incandescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, general service LED lamps, and general service organic LED lamps. General service lamps do not include appliance lamps; black light lamps; bug lamps; coloured lamps; G shape lamps with a diameter of five inches or more as defined in ANSI C79.1–2002; general service fluorescent lamps; high intensity discharge lamps; infrared lamps; J, JC, JCD, JCS, JCV, JCX, JD, JS and JT shape lamps that do not have Edison screw bases; lamps that have a wedge base or pre-focus base; left-hand thread lamps; marine lamps; marine signal service lamps; mine service lamps; MR shape lamps that have a first number symbol equal to 16 (diameter equal to two inches) as defined in ANSI C79.1–2002, operate at 12 volts, and have a lumen output greater than or equal to 800; other fluorescent lamps; plant light lamps; R20 short lamps; reflector lamps that have a first number symbol less than 16 (diameter less than two inches) as defined in ANSI C79.1–2002 and that do not have E26/E24, E26d, E26/50x39, E26/53x39, E29/28, E29/53x39, E39, E39d, EP39 or EX39 bases; S shape or G shape lamps that have a first number symbol less than or equal to 12.5 (diameter less than or equal to 1.5625 inches) as defined in ANSI C79.1–2002; sign service lamps; silver bowl lamps; showcase lamps; specialty MR lamps; T shape lamps that have a first number symbol less than or equal to 8 (diameter less than or equal to one inch) as defined in ANSI C79.1–2002, nominal overall length less than 12 inches, and that are not compact fluorescent lamps; and traffic signal lamps.

Ceiling Fans
The DOE is imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans after concluding that the amended standards would result in significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified. This final rule will be effective as of 20 March but compliance will only be required for covered products manufactured in or imported into the United States on and after 21 January 2020.

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act defines a ceiling fan as a non-portable device suspended from a ceiling for circulating air via the rotation of fan blades. Included in the coverage of the new standards are hugger fans (set flush to the ceiling) and fans capable of producing large volumes of airflow. Excluded are belt-driven ceiling fans, centrifugal ceiling fans, oscillating ceiling fans, ceiling fans whose blades’ plane of rotation cannot be within 45 degrees of horizontal, or highly decorative fans.

Pool Pumps
The DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps after having concluded that these standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in significant conservation of energy. This direct final rule will be effective as of 18 May (unless adverse comments are received by 8 May) but compliance will only be required for covered products manufactured in or imported into the United States on and after 19 July 2021.

Dedicated-purpose pool pumps include self-priming pool filter pumps, non-self-priming pool filter pumps, waterfall pumps, pressure cleaner booster pumps, integral sand filter pool pumps, integral cartridge filter pool pumps, storable electric spa pumps and rigid electric spa pumps.

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