Effective December 31, 2014

Standard Information
Standard Number:
CSA C22.2 No. 12 – 82(R2013)
Standard Name:
Portable Luminaires
Standard Edition and Issue Date:
4th Edition Dated February 1, 1982
Date of Revisions:
(R2013, R2008, R2004, R1999 & Gen Instructions 1-5 for 1082 – 1996)
Partially superseded:
In December 2005, CSA C22.2 No. 256-05 was published as bi-national standard with UL 1786 and supersedes requirements for nightlights contained in CSA C22.2 No. 12.
Effective Date of New/Revised Requirements

Effective Date (see Schedule below): December 31, 2014

Impact, Overview, Fees and Action Required

Impact Statement:  A review of all Listing Reports currently certified to only CSA C22.2 No. 12 is necessary to identify nightlight certifications which will need to be evaluated and moved to CSA C22.2 No. 256. If a CSA C22.2 No. 12 Certified nightlight is also dual listed to UL 1786, it can be immediately moved to CSA C22.2 No. 256-05 as it is a harmonized bi-national standard with UL 1786. NOTE:  Effective immediately, nightlights are evaluated and certified to CSA C22.2 No. 256-05.

Overview of Changes:  New/revised requirements were included in CSA C22.2 No. 256 (harmonized and bi-national with UL 1786) when published in December 2005. Specific details of new/revised requirements are found in table below.

Schedule:  So that shipping of products with Listing Marks will not be interrupted, an approximate schedule has been established to ensure Listing Reports are found compliant by Effective Date:

  • July 31, 2014 = 5 Month Quote Cut-off – Quotes returned for necessary re-evaluations
  • November 30, 2014 = 30 Day Warning – Client advised of all non-compliant Reports to be Suspended
  • December 31, 2014 = Effective Date – ATM Suspended for all non-compliant Reports

Fees:  A quote will be prepared for the necessary re-evaluation and test of nightlights of any currently certified to CSA C22.2 No. 12 for the move to CSA C22.2 No. 256-05 listings.

Client Action Required:

Information – To assist our Engineer with review of your Listing Reports, please submit technical information in response to the new/revised paragraphs noted in the attached or explain why these new/revised requirements do not apply to your product (s).

Current Listings Not Active? – Please immediately identify any current Listing Reports or products that are no longer active and should be removed from our records. We will do this at no charge as long as Intertek is notified in writing prior to the review of your reports.

Description of New/Revised Technical Requirements

NOTE: Additions to existing requirements are underlined and deletions are shown lined out below.


The new requirements for nightlights contained in CSA C22.2 No. 256-05 as compared to CSA C22.2 No. 12 (no longer allowed to be used to evaluate nightlights) were issued by CSA in a public internet document “CERTIFICATION Notice” dated December 29, 2006 located at csa.ca:

  NEW constructions & test requirements noted below:
  New Constructions
7.2.1 Minimum flammability V-2, HWI and CTI parameters added
7.2.5 Minimum RTI of 60 for thermoplastics and 100 for thermosets
7.6.1 Plug blades copper/copper alloy only. No aluminum permitted
7.10.1 Only candelabra type E12 screw type lampholders permitted
7.13 Spacings for electroluminescent panels
7.16 Section added for nightlights with electroluminescent panels
7.17 Incandescent lamps provided have to meet lamp dimensions
7.18 Receptacles evaluated to CSA C22.2 No. 42, including retention of plugs, overload, resistance to arcing, etc.
13 Catalog/model number marked on product (not previously in standard)
Fig 9 Lamp base test gauge. Should show E12 and not incorrect E13.
  New Tests
9.2 Test lamp base created, See clause 7.10.2
10.6 Pull test. See Table 10.
11.3 1000 Amp limited S/C test for relampable device with electronic switching
11.6 Voltage surge test for electroluminescent panels.
11.7 Humidity conditioning test for electroluminescent panels.
11.8 Leakage current test for electroluminescent panels
11.9 Ground continuity/bond impedance test
Fig 13 & 14 Surge generator circuit

CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: This Table and column "Verdict" can be used in determining how your current or future production is or will be in compliance with new/revised requirements.

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