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DOE Considers Test Procedures, Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fan Light Kits

Friday, October 31, 2014
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Test Procedures. The Department of Energy has issued a proposed rule that would revise its test procedures for ceiling fan light kits as follows.

- References to ENERGY STAR test procedures would be replaced with references to DOE lamp test procedures for medium screw base lamps and to industry test procedures for pin-based fluorescent lamps.

- To support amendments to CFLK energy conservation standards that are currently being considered by DOE, new test procedures would establish an efficacy-based metric for all lamps packaged with CFLKs and for CFLKs with integrated solid-state lighting circuitry. CFLKs with lamp types without corresponding DOE test procedures would be tested using current industry test procedures for those lamp types.

- The energy conservation standards for CFLKs would be clarified by replacing references to ENERGY STAR with tables that contain the specific performance requirements from the ENERGY STAR documents.

- This rule addresses standby and off-mode power consumption and provides updated guidance related to accent lighting in CFLKs.

DOE will hold public meetings on Nov. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C., to discuss this proposed rule. This meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. In addition, DOE will accept comments, data and information regarding this proposal no later than Jan. 14, 2015.

Energy Conservation Standards. DOE will also meet Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the preliminary analyses it has conducted for purposes of determining whether to amend the energy conservation standards for CFLKs. This meeting will cover the analytical framework, models and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this product; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this product; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this product; and any other issues relevant to energy conservation standards for CFLKs. DOE will also accept comments, data and other information on this topic no later than Dec. 30. Following the meeting and its consideration of any comments submitted, DOE will publish either a determination that the standards for CFLKs need not be amended or a proposal to amend those standards.

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