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    Legislation on lighting


    Legislation on lighting is becoming increasingly stringent as new technology pushes the envelope on energy savings and efficiency. Philips offers a range of compliant products to best serve your needs. From simple lamp replacements to complex renovations, we can help you comply.

    Legislation Tools & FAQs

    Tools & FAQs

    Lighting Facts Labels


    Manufacturers are now required to provide brightness (lumens) and energy-cost information on packaging within a detailed “Lighting Facts” label. This applies to all medium-based general service incandescent, halogen, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs.


    Download relevant label guides

    Replacement Tools

    Lamp Replacement tool


    If your current conventional lamp has been affected by recent legislation download and save our easy to use Conventional to LED lamps cross-reference tool. Simply use the filters on the left to select your conventional product and the tool will provide LED lamp solutions.


    Find a replacement lamp

    Legislation FAQs

    Legislation FAQs


    Learn more about new energy efficiency standards


    Learn more about the DOE GSL Legislation

    Visit our DOE GSL Legislation Blog

    Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)



    Established an energy conservation program for many consumer products.



    Amended the EPCA by setting minimum lamp efficiency standards for some incandescent reflector lamps and some general service fluorescent lamps. It also gave the Department of Energy authority to amend these standards if they were warranted.

    Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA)



    EISA implements new efficiency standards for certain Incandescent Reflector Lamps (IRL) and directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake new energy conservation standards rulemaking for incandescent reflector lamps and general service fluorescent lamps.

    Section 321



    Section 321 of EISA sets minimum efficiency standards for general service incandescent lamps. Once implemented, this section will affect a number of lamps. Some of the most popular include the 100W, 75W, 60W and 40W A19 shaped incandescent lamps.


    *These rules are not product bans. Rather they demand that new lamps meet certain performance requirements that, depending on the lamp, could include: lifetime, maximum wattage, and/or minimum lumen per watt requirements.

    California Title 20



    Beginning January 1, 2018, California state-regulated LED lamps, small diameter directional lamps (SDDL), and general service lamps (GSL) manufactured on or after January 1, 2018 will be required to comply with the performance, testing and marking requirements of California’s Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20).

    California Title 24

    The California Energy Commission’s Title 24 regulations outline energy efficiency standards for residential and non-residential buildings. 


    To view a list of Phillips Lighting residential indoor and outdoor lighting technologies that meet the Title 24 California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards visit the link;

    Department of Energy General Service Lamp Legislation

    In April 2022 the US Department of Energy (DOE) adopted two new rules for general service lamps, that will conserve energy and help consumers , including households, schools, and businesses save on their energy bills.


    The first rule establishes a revised definition of general service lamps while the second implements the minimum standard of 45 lumens per watt for general service lamps that meet the revised definition. According to the DOE, a GSL is defined as any ANSI screw or pin base lamp with lumens between 310 and 3300, and operating voltages at or between 12V, 24V, 100V – 130V, 220V – 240V, and 277V. You can find the full definitions of different lamps here.

    State Legislation – High CRI Linear Fluorescent Lamp Sales Ban

    2020 & Beyond


    Starting on January 1, 2023 Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and New Jersey will be enforcing a sales ban of high CRI (color rendering index) linear fluorescent lamps that do not meet the current Federal Department of Energy’s efficiency requirements.  These four states now join Vermont, Hawaii, Colorado, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia that have enacted similar laws and regulations banning the sale of high CRI linear fluorescent lamps.  The lamps impacted by the state bans include 4-foot T8 & T12 lamps, T12 Ubent lamps, and 8-foot T12 lamps.  Some of the states will ban the sale of coated fluorescent lamps as well as high-output 8’ lamps.   


    Clink on the link below for products affected by legislation and replacement lamp alternatives.

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