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Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Technical requirements

Regulatory definition
An integrally-ballasted compact fluorescent lamp with a medium screw base and a nominal voltage or voltage range that lies at least partially between 100 volts and 130 volts

Test standard
CSA C861-06 for power and luminous flux
IES LM65-01 for life

Compliance date
June 1, 2009

EnerGuide label
Lamp package labelling required: light output (lumens), energy used (watts), and life (hours)

Lighting products: General labelling, verification, test data, reporting and importing

EnerGuide directory
List of models: Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Energy efficiency standard
No minimum energy performance standard

Requirements for the energy efficiency report prior to import, as listed in Schedule IV of the Regulations

  • type of product (CFL)
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • either… the name of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited certification body or province whose verification mark will be affixed to the product or its packaging … or … with respect to luminous flux and power, the SCC or National Voluntary Laboratory Accredited Program (NVLAP) accredited laboratory and with respect to life the SCC, NVLAP or A2LA accredited laboratory or ISO 9000 certified laboratory or manufacturing facility which verified what is displayed on the product packaging
  • nominal voltage in volts
  • nominal root-mean-square input current in amperes
  • nominal power and, in the case of a three-way lamp, the nominal power at each operating level
  • nominal power factor
  • luminous flux and, in the case of a three-way lamp, the luminous flux at each operating level
  • life*
    * If the CFL is marketed and labelled when it has undergone only 40% of life testing, the following additional information must be submitted:
    • an indication that 40% of the product's life has been verified
    • date on which testing for life commenced
    • life of the product
    • number of hours of life that has been verified
    • name of the laboratory or facility that verified 40% of the product's life
    and within 30 days after the day on which the verification of the product's life has been completed:
    • number of hours of life that was verified
    • name of the laboratory or facility that completed the verification with respect to the product's life.