Lighting Legislation

2015 Department of Energy Regulations

2015 Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada Regulations Affecting Linear Fluorescent Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has updated efficiency regulations on Linear Fluorescent Lamps effective on January 26th, 2018. All linear fluorescent lamps manufactured or imported after that date for sale in the United States must meet the new efficiency regulations.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has published Amendment 13 of the Federal Canadian Energy Efficiency regulations. These regulations cover Linear Fluorescent Lamps, Fluorescent Ballasts and Halogen Reflector Lamps.

The Canadian Linear Fluorescent lamp regulations are harmonized with the U.S. DOE regulations and are effective on January 26th, 2018. The Canadian Fluorescent Ballast and Halogen PAR Lamp regulations are harmonized with existing regulations in Ontario and in the U.S.A. and were effective on June 28, 2017. GE products were already compliant with the Canadian Ballast and Halogen PAR regulations due to existing regulations in Ontario and the U.S.A.

Regulations for 4' T8 Linear Fluorescent Lamps and U-Bend Fluorescent Lamps

In both countries, current linear fluorescent lamp regulations cover 4', 8', 8' HO and U-bend fluorescent lamps.

Impacted products include 4' T8 linear fluorescent lamps and U-Bend fluorescent lamps. The minimum efficiency level for 4' T8 fluorescent lamps moved from 89 to 92.4 LPW. This increase will eliminate all standard lumen 700 series (SPP) lamps. We, GE, are updating the ratings on our 800 series (SPX) lamps to meet 2018 requirements. 4' T8 lamps that do currently meet the regulations include higher lumen 800 series 32 watt T8 lamps, 28 watt T8 lamps and 25 watt T8 lamps.

The minimum efficiency levels for U-bend T8 lamps were increased slightly from 84 to 85 lumens-per-watt. This will have a minor impact on a couple of product types, but most 32-watt and 28-watt U-6 lamps will remain, as will most 31-watt and 26-watt U-1-5/8” lamps. 29Watt U 1-5/8' lamps will no longer be manufactured.

The existing inventory of any noncompliant products manufactured or imported before the effective dates can continued to be sold until depleted.

Refer to the table below for a breakdown of the lamps that will be affected by the regulations.

Lamps Affected by Regulations Table


Refer to GE 2018 LFL Commercial SKU Updates (PDF), for a breakdown of the lamps codes affected by the regulations.

Products Not Affected by Regulations

Standards for 8' or 8' HO lamps were not changed and no products will be affected.

In addition, all current product category exemptions remain in place, including exemptions for Plant Growth, Cold Temperature (F96T12/HO/CT), Colored, Impact-Resistant (Cov-R-Guard), Ultraviolet (Black Light and Germicidal), and High CRI (87 CRI or greater).

Efficiency regulations for T5 fluorescent lamps were increased, but not high enough to eliminate any existing GE product offerings. Therefore, GE T5 linear fluorescent lamps are not affected.