Federal Ballast Rule
Federal Fluorescent Ballast Rulemaking 2000 & EPAct 2005 Legislation

​In 2000, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published performance standards for T12 fluorescent ballasts operating full wattage fluorescent lamps.  The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) updated the 2000 Rulemaking standards by adding performance standards for ballasts operating reduced wattage T12 fluorescent lamps.

The ballasts affected by the rulemaking and EPAct 2005 are those that operate

  • T12 4-ft. linear and 2-ft. U-shaped, medium bi-pin based, rapid start lamps

  • T12 8-ft. linear single-pin based, instant start lamps

  • T12 8-ft. recessed double contact (RDC) based, rapid start HO lamps

The effect of the performance standards is to eliminate many of today’s widely used magnetic ballasts in favor of more energy efficient, electronic ballasts.

Federal Fluorescent Ballast Rulemaking 2011

On November 14, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new standards for fluorescent ballasts to be effective November 14, 2014.  These new standards cover T12 ballasts as well as sign, residential “only”, T8 and T5 ballasts.  Previous standards covered only T12 ballasts.

These rules cover ballasts that operate

  • At nominal input voltages at or between 120V and 277V

  • At input frequency of 60 Hz to the ballasts

  • Designated miniature bi-pin (T5), medium bi-pin, single pin and RDC (T8-T12) based fluorescent lamp types

Many OSRAM SYLVANIA high efficiency ballasts meet the new standards.  For more information, please contact your OSRAM SYLVANIA sales professional.