ENERGY STAR® Program Requirements for Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

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Qualifying Criteria – Version 4.0
Appendix A: Duties and Responsibilities of the Third Party Testing and Verification Program Administrator:
Appendix B: Reflector CFL Elevated Temperature Test Procedures
Appendix C: Ellipse Data Template - for ENERGY STAR Qualification

Eligible Organizations: Manufacturers and Distributors of CFLs


The following are the terms of the ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement as it pertains to the manufacturing and/or distributing of ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. The ENERGY STAR Participant (Partner) must adhere to the following program requirements:

  • Comply with current Energy Star Eligibility Criteria, defining the performance criteria that must be met for use of the ENERGY STAR certification mark on product packaging and the testing criteria for CFLs. The Department of Energy (DOE or The Department) and Natural Resources Canada, at their discretion may conduct tests on products that are referred to as ENERGY STAR qualified through the third party testing portion of the criteria. These products will be obtained on the open retail or commercial distribution market;
  • Comply with current ENERGY STAR Identity Guidelines. The Guidelines describe how the ENERGY STAR marks and name must be used. Participant is responsible for adhering to these guidelines and for ensuring that all its authorized representatives, such as advertising agencies, dealers, and distributors, are also in compliance;
  • Qualify, or private label at least one ENERGY STAR qualified CFL model within one year of activating the CFL portion of the agreement. When Participant qualifies the product, it must meet the criteria in effect at that time;
  • Provide clear and consistent labeling of ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. The Energy Star certification mark must be clearly displayed on the front or primary display panel of the product packaging, on the Participant’s Internet web site where information about its Energy Star qualified models is displayed, and in qualified product literature (e.g., catalogs, user manuals, spec sheets, etc.);
  • Provide to DOE, or its ENERGY STAR CFL program contractor, on an ongoing basis, an updated list of its ENERGY STAR qualifying CFL models. Participant’s must inform the ENERGY STAR CFL program contractor, in these updates if any existing qualified CFL models have been modified or have updated test data or reports, revised model numbers and/or retail product numbers, or will be discontinued or phased out and the timing of such. Participant will provide these ongoing updates in order to remain on the list of participating ENERGY STAR CFL Participants;
  • Notify the ENERGY STAR CFL program contractor, within 30 days, if the designated supplier of any qualified private labeled CFLs changes to a new supplier. The Participant is required to submit, in writing, an updated Private Labeler Qualification Form that identifies the new original equipment manufacturer, specific model, and packaging information;
  • For each qualifying CFL model, provide to DOE accredited laboratory test data reports for the specific model(s) to certify that the lamp(s) have met the required safety and performance tests criteria;
  • For each qualifying CFL model, provide to the ENERGY STAR CFL program contractor product packaging samples (either electronic or hard copy for the specific model(s)) to meet the criteria packaging requirements. Products will only be added to the ENERGY STAR Qualified Product List and Searches after review and approval of the product test results and product packaging;
  • Participant is responsible for all associated financial costs if their product(s) are selected for testing within the CFL Third Party Testing and Verification Program. ENERGY STAR requires Participants’ participation in the CFL Third Party Testing and Verification Program and will remove Participants from the program if they do not participate in the program.
  • Provide to the ENERGY STAR CFL program contractor to DOE, on a bi-annual basis, unit shipment data for ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. Specifically, Participant must submit the total number of ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs shipped in units by:
    • Base type:
      • Medium-screw base (E26)
      • Candelabra screw base (E12)
    • Model type/designs:
      • Bare: mini-spiral, spiral, 2-D, circline, twin-tube, triple-tube, quad-tube
      • Covered: A-shaped, bullet, candle, post, or other
      • Globes: G-25, G-30, G-40
      • Reflectors: R-20, R-30, R-40, PAR38
    • Wattage
    • Model or product number (if possible)

    Participant is also encouraged to provide ENERGY STAR qualified unit shipment data segmented by total unit shipments for each model in its product line and percent of total unit shipments that qualify as ENERGY STAR.

    The data for each half of the calendar year should be submitted to the ENERGY STAR CFL program contractor, in an electronic spreadsheet format (Microsoft Excel) that is provided by ENERGY STAR, no later than February 15th (for July-December) and August 15th (for January-June), and may be provided directly from the Participant or through a third party that works directly with the Participant.

  • Notify DOE of a change in the designated responsible party or main contacts for its ENERGY STAR CFL program participation within 30 days.

Performance for Special Distinction

In order to receive additional recognition and/or support from DOE for its efforts within the Partnership, the Participant may consider the following voluntary measures and should keep DOE informed on the progress of these efforts:

  • Consider energy efficiency improvements in company facilities and pursue to benchmark their buildings through the ENERGY STAR Buildings program;
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products. Revise the company purchasing or procurement criteria to include ENERGY STAR. Provide procurement officials’ contact information to DOE for periodic updates and coordination. Circulate general ENERGY STAR qualified product information to employees for use when purchasing products for their homes;
  • Ensure the power management feature is enabled on all ENERGY STAR qualified monitors in use in company facilities, particularly upon installation and after service is performed;
  • Provide general information about the ENERGY STAR program to employees whose jobs are relevant to the development, marketing, sales, and service of current ENERGY STAR qualified product models;
  • Feature the ENERGY STAR promotional or Participant mark(s) on Participant web site and in other marketing materials. If information concerning ENERGY STAR is provided on the Participant web site, DOE may provide links where appropriate to the Participant web site;
  • Provide a simple plan to DOE outlining specific measures Participant plans to undertake beyond the program requirements listed above. By doing so, DOE may be able to coordinate, communicate, and/or promote Participant’s activities, provide a DOE representative, or include news about the event in the ENERGY STAR newsletter, on the ENERGY STAR web pages, etc. The plan may be as simple as providing a list of planned activities or planned milestones that Participant would like DOE to be aware of. For example, activities may include:
    1. increase the availability of ENERGY STAR qualified products by converting the entire product line within two years to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines;
    2. demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency through special in-store displays twice a year;
    3. provide information to users (via the web site and user’s manual) about energy-saving features and operating characteristics of ENERGY STAR qualified products; and
    4. build awareness of the ENERGY STAR Partnership and brand identity by collaborating with DOE on one print advertorial and one live press event;
  • Provide quarterly, written updates to DOE as to the efforts undertaken by Participant to increase availability of ENERGY STAR qualified products, and to promote awareness of ENERGY STAR and its message.

Qualifying Criteria – Version 4.0
Appendix A: Duties and Responsibilities of the Third Party Testing and Verification Program Administrator:
Appendix B: Reflector CFL Elevated Temperature Test Procedures
Appendix C: Ellipse Data Template - for ENERGY STAR Qualification