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DOE Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards for Rough Service and Vibration Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final rule codifying in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. These backstop requirements apply as a result of the subject lamps exceeding certain sales thresholds specified in the statute.

In particular, vibration service lamps will be required to have a maximum 40-watt limitation and be sold at retail only in a package containing one lamp. Rough service lamps, meanwhile, will have to comply with these two provisions and have a shatter-proof coating or equivalent technology that complies with NSF/ANSI 51 and is designed to contain the glass if the glass envelope of the lamp is broken and to provide effective containment over the life of the lamp. These requirements will apply to subject lamps manufactured on or after 25 January.

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