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EPA Releases Major Changes in Lamps V2.0 Proposal

November 13, 2015

This year, EPA has been progressing through an update to the ENERGY STAR® Lamps specification, and had released Draft 3 of the Lamps V2.0 Specification on August 6, 2015.  Typically changes from Draft 3 to the final specification are very minor, but on Friday November 6, 2015 EPA proposed major changes to the proposed requirements:

  • Lifetime: Proposed a change in minimum lifetime of Omnidirectional (A-type) LEDs to 15,000 hours, down from previous requirements of 25,000 hours.
  • Light Distribution: EPA has proposed relaxing the Omnidirectional requirements slightly, proposing less stringent backlight and uniformity requirements.
  • Power Factor: EPA has proposed reducing the required power factor requirement for LED to match CFL at 0.50.
  • Efficiency:  This is the biggest change.  The previous drafts had proposed 65 lumens per watt for all lamp types, but the ENERGY STAR® proposal that was just released increases the required efficacy significantly, and also has a difference in requirement between 80-89 CRI and 90+ CRI products.

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EPA is holding calls to discuss these proposed changes, and is accepting written comments, but the timeline is very short.  All comments are due by November 23, 2015.

How Does This Impact Manufacturers?
The proposed efficacy requirements will effectively remove Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) from the ENERGY STAR® Lamps program in 2017, and as the ENERGY STAR® Luminaires V2.0 program references the current ENERGY STAR® Lamps Specification, it will remove self ballasted CFL sources as an option for luminaires as well. 

The changes will, however, allow lower cost, shorter lifetime LED products to be introduced in the market to partially fill the gap that departing CFLs will leave. 

How Does a Manufacturer Voice Their Comments to EPA?
EPA will have several conference calls available:

  • Friday November 20, 2015 from 1 PM – 2:30 PM EST
  • Monday November 23, 2015 from 1 PM - 2:30 PM EST

To participate, send a request to the [email protected] email box.

EPA also accepts formal written comments until November 23 at 5:00 PM that are submitted to the [email protected] email box.  Any comments that you would like to make that could have sensitive information should be clearly marked (in the comments) with “DO NOT POST”. 

If you have any questions about how UL can help you understand the proposed changes, please contact UL’s technical experts via email at [email protected] or call us at 610-774-1300.

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