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General Service Incandescent Reflector Lamps

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Technical requirements

Regulatory definition Incandescent reflector lamps

  • with an R bulb shape, a PAR bulb shape or a bulb shape similar to R or PAR that is neither ER nor BR, as described in ANSI C79.1
  • with an E26/24 single contact or E26/50 × 39 skirted, medium screw base
  • with a nominal voltage or voltage range that lies at least partially between 100 volts and 130 volts
  • with a diameter greater than 70 mm (2.75 inches)
  • that has a nominal power of not less than 40 W and not more than 205 W

but does not include:

  • a coloured lamp
  • an incandescent reflector lamp that
    1. is a rough service lamp
      • a C-7A or C-11 filament, as described in the IES Handbook, with at least 5 supports exclusive of lead wires
      • a C-17 filament, as described in the IES Handbook, with 8 supports exclusive of lead wires
      • a C-22 filament, as described in the IES Handbook, with 16 supports exclusive of lead wires
    2. is a vibration service lamp
    3. is a modified spectrum lamp
    4. is a shatter resistant lamp
    5. is a plant lamp
    6. is specifically marked and marketed
      • as an infrared lamp
      • as an appliance lamp
      • for mine use
      • as a submersible lamp or for terrarium or vivarium use
      • for airfield, aircraft or automotive use

BR lamps
As described in ANSI C79.1, but does not include any of those lamps that have

  • a diameter of 95.25 mm (BR30) and a nominal power of less than 66 W
  • a diameter of 92.5 mm (BR30) and a nominal power of 85 W
  • a diameter of not less than 120.65 mm (BR38) but not more than 127 mm (BR40) and a nominal power of less than 121 W

ER lamps
As described in ANSI C79.1

Test standard
CAN/CSA-C862-01
ANSI C78.21 Table 1 of Part II for lamp class

Compliance date
September 1, 2008 for lamp package labelling
Incandescent reflector lamps regulated since December 31, 1996
BR and ER lamps regulated since January 1, 2003

EnerGuide label
Lamp package labelling required: [light output (lumens) for incandescent reflector lamps only], energy used (watts), and life (hours)

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

EnerGuide directory:

list of models available

Energy efficiency standard
Rated wattage (W) Minimum average lamp efficacy (lm/W)
  January 1, 2003
  ER lamps
50 7.0
75 6.5
120 10.0
  R, PAR, BR lamps, and ER lamps not covered in ER lamp table above
40 – 50 10.5
51 – 59 11.0
60 – 85 12.5
86 – 115 14.0
116 – 155 14.5
156 - 205 15.0
lm/W  = lumens per watt
W = watts

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

  • type of product (general service incandescent reflector lamp, BR lamp or ER lamp)
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the organization or province that carried out the incandescent reflector lamp, BR or ER lamp verification and authorized the verification mark that will be affixed to the lamp
  • lamp description
  • nominal power
  • lamp class according to ANSI C78.21 Table 1 of Part II
  • average lamp efficacy
  • life
  • luminous flux