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General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps

First Bulletin on Amending the Standards

April 2010


IMPORTANT: The following proposal is not intended to replace the proposal detailed in the January 2009 Bulletin for General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps, but builds on it.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is proposing to amend Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations) for general service incandescent reflector lamps, including Bulged Reflectors (BR), Elliptical Reflectors (ER), Reflectors (R), Parabolic Reflectors (PAR), Blown Parabolic Reflectors (BPAR) and lamps of similar shapes.  Dealers of general service incandescent reflector lamps imported or manufactured in Canada and shipped inter-provincially for sale or lease, are required to comply with minimum energy performance standards and other regulatory requirements.

The purpose of this document is to provide stakeholders with background information on the content of the proposed amendment so that they can submit comments.

This bulletin attempts to put the proposed amendment in plain language. The proposed legal text of the amendment will be prepublished in the Canada Gazette, Part I.


The second Canadian Energy Efficiency Regulations effective in 1996 included general service incandescent reflector lamps with minimum performance requirements consistent with the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 and covered R, PAR and lamps with similar bulb shapes.

In 2002, Canada revised the Regulations to include ER and BR lamps. However certain BR lamps were exempted: BR30 lamps of 66 Watts or less; 85 Watt BR30 lamps and BR38 to BR40 lamps with a rated power of less than 121 Watts.

Amendment 11 Proposal – EISA 2007

In December 2007, the US Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA 2007) was signed into law. EISA 2007 amended the definition and the exemptions for incandescent reflector lamps. In January 2009, NRCan submitted a proposal to amend the existing Regulations to harmonize with the EISA 2007. This amendment would expand the scope of the definition of general service incandescent reflector lamps to include BPAR lamps and lamps with diameters as small as 57 mm and decrease the number of exempt products. However, the minimum efficacy levels remained unchanged for R, PAR and BR lamps. Only ER lamps would now be required to comply with the same efficacy levels as any other shape of incandescent reflector lamps, which was not the case in the previous Regulations January 2009 Bulletin for General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps.

Amendment 12 Proposal – US DOE Final Rule July 2009

In June 2009, the US Department of Energy (DOE) adopted a new energy conservation standard for incandescent reflector lamps with changes effective July 14, 2012. In this standard, higher efficiency levels are set for lamps with wattages in the range of 40 to 205 watts. A separate set of less stringent standards have also been adopted for modified spectrum incandescent reflector lamps. DOE has not made any changes to the list of exemptions already identified in EISA 2007 (as shown in Figure 1 and 2 below).

Current Canadian Exemptions for BR Lamps

Figure 1 BR Current Exemptions (EISA 2007 and NRCan January 2009 Bulletin)

Current Canadian Exemptions for ER Lamps

Figure 2 ER Exemptions (EISA 2007 and NRCan January 2009 Bulletin)

Proposed Product Description

NRCan is proposing the following definition for "General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps" (same as in Amendment 11):

General Service Reflector Lamps includes R bulb shape, PAR and BPAR bulb shape, ER bulb shape, BR bulb shape or any bulb of similar shape with

  • a rated wattage between 40 and 205 watts,
  • any voltage or voltage range
  • a diameter between 57mm (2.25 in) and 70mm (2.75 in),

but will not apply to:

  • Lamps rated at 50 watts or less that are ER30, BR30, BR40, or ER40,
  • Lamps rated at 65 watts that are BR30, BR40 or ER 40 lamps, or
  • R20 incandescent reflector lamps rated 45 watts or less.

The following exemptions would also remain:

  1. coloured lamps
  2. rough service lamps
  3. vibration service lamps
  4. shatter resistant lamps
  5. plant lamps
  6. lamps marketed as infrared, appliance lamp, for mine use, submersible lamp or for terrarium or vivarium use,
  7. for airfield, aircraft or automotive use

Energy Performance Test Procedure

The Canadian Standards Association standard CAN/CSA C862-09, Performance of Incandescent Reflector Lamps, is the test procedure for General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps prescribed under the proposed amendment.

The standard can be ordered from:

Canadian Standards Association
5060 Spectrum Way, Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L4W 5N6
Tel.: 1 800 463-6727
In Toronto, call (416) 747-4000.
Web site:

Energy Performance Standards

NRCan is proposing to harmonize with DOE’s 2009 ruling and adopt the standards as listed in Table 1.

Table 1 Proposed Standard for General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps
Rated lamp wattage Lamp spectrum Lamp diameter Rated voltage Minimum average lamp efficacy (lm/W)
40 - 205 W Standard Spectrum > 63.5 mm (2.5 in) ≥125 V 6.8 *P 0.27
<125 V 5.9*P 0.27
≤ 63.5 mm (2.5 in) ≥125 V 5.7*P 0.27
<125 V 5.0*P 0.27
40 - 205 W Modified Spectrum* > 63.5 mm (2.5 in) ≥125 V 5.8 *P 0.27
<125 V 5.0*P 0.27
≤ 63.5 mm (2.5 in) ≥125 V 4.9*P 0.27
<125 V 4.2*P 0.27

*Modified Spectrum Lamp means a lamp that is an enhanced, modified or full spectrum and marketed as such, is not coloured and when operated at its rated voltage and wattage, has colour point chromaticity coordinates on the 1931 chromaticity diagram, as described in the CIE standard CIE 15: 2004 entitled Colorimetry, that lie outside a four-step MacAdam ellipse, as described in the IES standard IES LM-58-94 entitled Guide to Spectroradiometric Measurements, that is centred at the chromaticity coordinates of a reference standard spectrum lamp.

The “Reference Standard Spectrum Lamp” in reference to a modified spectrum lamp, is a general service incandescent reflector lamp that has no design features that enable it to emit a modified spectrum but whose other features, including all other design and performance features, are identical to those of the modified spectrum lamp.

Effective Date

NRCan proposes that these Regulations apply to those products manufactured on or after July 14, 2012.

Verification Mark Labelling Requirements

The Energy Efficiency Regulations currently require that general service incandescent lamps bear an energy efficiency verification mark indicating that the energy performance of the product has been verified and complies with the appropriate energy performance standard. To bear an energy performance verification mark it must be authorized by a Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited certification body that is recognized for an energy efficiency performance verification program for this product.

NRCan will also accept labels issued by a province indicating that the product meets the provincial energy efficiency levels as a verification mark, providing that the provincial level is equivalent to or exceeds the federally regulated level if any.

Package Labelling

Bilingual consumer labelling with light output in lumens, energy used in watts and life in hours were pre-published in March 29, 2008 in the Canada Gazette, Part I. For a summary, which was outlined in the Final Bulletin - December 2008, go to:

Reporting Requirements

Energy Efficiency Reports

The energy efficiency report (as per the Regulations) required for these lighting products will include the following information:

Note: input voltage must be 120V and frequency must be 60 Hz when testing electrical performance of the product

  • type of product (i.e. General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamp)
  • brand name, model number and manufacturer
  • the name of the organization or province that carried out the verification and authorized the verification mark that will be affixed to the product or its packaging
  • and product-specific requirements as found in Schedule IV of the Energy Efficiency Regulations:
    • lamp description
    • nominal power
    • lamp class as specified in ANSI C78.21Table1 of Part II
    • average lamp efficacy
  • rated life (hours)
  • rated initial lumen output

For all products this energy efficiency report must be submitted by the dealer to Natural Resources Canada before the product is imported to Canada or traded inter-provincially for the first time.

Importing Reports

NRCan does not propose any changes to the importing requirements currently in place, that is:

Dealers/importers must provide the following information on import documents or via electronic transmissions:

  • name of product (e.g. compact fluorescent lamp)
  • model number
  • brand name (if any)
  • address of the importer
  • purpose of the importation (i.e. for sale or lease in Canada; for modification; for export)

More information on the current verification, reporting and importing requirements is available in the Guide to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations.


NRCan attempts as much as possible to harmonize with other regulatory agencies.

This proposed amendment to the Regulations is harmonized with the latest US DOE ruling issued on June 26, 2009 (Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 133 / Tuesday, July 14, 2009 / Rules and Regulations).

Comments Invited

The information in the Bulletin is being issued in advance of prepublication in the Canada Gazette Part I for concerned parties to provide advance comment on the proposal.  All correspondence should be forwarded to the following address:

Pierrette LeBlanc
Senior Standards Engineer
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E4
Fax: 613-947-1503