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Testing and Certification Under the Latest Energy Efficiency Requirement
ENERGY STAR® Program Requirements for Lamps (Light Bulbs) Version 2.0 has impacted testing and certification for lighting manufacturers. Certification was no longer available for Version 1.1 as of July 2, 2016, and by January 2, 2017, currently listed lamps must be recertified to Lamps V2.0, or they will be removed from the ENERGY STAR certified products list.
The revised specification includes these lamp types:
The revised specification excludes: lamps that operate only on external power sources; linear LED tubes intended to replace fluorescent tubes; LED lamps or engines intended to replace pin-based CFL lamps; any LED lamp or engine intended to operate on a fluorescent ballast; lamps not intended to tie in to the electrical grid; and lamps with bases not covered in ANSI standards and base types not listed on Page 1 of Lamps V2.0.
Lamps V2.0 features seven key changes and minor clarifications intended to simplify testing and certification:
Key ratings that manufacturers need to provide to a third-party agency include:
To continue labeling products with the ENERGY STAR logo, all existing qualified lamps must be re-qualified by an EPA-accredited certification body to the new specification. A technical review can help manufacturers determine which requirements are covered by existing testing and any action required to keep models listed under the ENERGY STAR program.
For more information on the testing changes between Lamps V1.1 and V2.0, more information on ratings required, and recommended next steps, download Intertek's fact sheet ENERGY STAR Requirements for Lamps: Overview and Key Changes to updated Version 2.0.
Jacki Swiernik is a Photometric Staff Engineer in Intertek's Lighting group. In this role Jacki is responsible for the training, development, and expansion of Intertek's performance testing services. She has more than 20 years of experience and is a committee member of Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).