ARCHIVED — Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits — June 2010 Natural Resources Canada

ARCHIVED - Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits - June 2010 Natural Resources Canada

ARCHIVED — Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits — June 2010

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Bulletin on developing Tier II lighting standards

Background

The 10 th amendment to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations) was approved in December 2008 under which dealers of ceiling fans with integrated lighting and ceiling fan light kits that are imported or shipped interprovincially for sale or lease in Canada must comply with minimum energy performance standards referenced in the Regulations.

The amendment was published in the Canada Gazette Part II . This regulation limits the lighting portion to 190 W for ceiling fans with integrated lighting or ceiling fan light kits that have total electric power of more than 10 W and at least one socket that is not pin-based. The regulation went into effect on January 1 st. 2010.

In the initial Amendment 10 proposal to stakeholders, NRCan had proposed to adopt a second Tier performance level of 75 W. This proposal was intended to promote the use of energy efficient ceiling fans and light kits preparing the market for the upcoming lamp regulation that will be phasing out inefficient lamps starting 2012 in Canada. Using fixtures specifically built for use with efficient lamps optimizes the efficiency of the fixture. Consumers can stay ahead of the changes in the lighting market and reduce their energy usage at the same time.

Based on comments received, NRCan agreed to postpone the adoption of TIER II but stated it would revisit at a later date.

Product description

The minimum energy performance standard of 190 W currently applies to all household ceiling fans with integrated lighting or ceiling fan light kits that are designed to allow more than 10W for lighting. This allows manufacturers to add decorative lighting without the burden of adding a power limiter.

ARCHIVED - Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits - June 2010 Natural Resources Canada

If lighting power usage is more than 10 W and that the fan or light kit contain at least one socket that is «not» pin-based for fluorescent lamps (sockets such as a GU 24 are not considered «pin based for fluorescent lamps»), then it must include a power limiter to its design. This allows manufacturers who produce fans designed to be used with pin-based fluorescent lamps that are not integrally ballasted, to be exempt of having to include power limiters into their designs.

Ceiling fans or ceiling fan light kits that use more than 10 W for lighting purposes and use LED lights that are not replaceable (no replaceable lamps such as medium size screw based lamps) are also exempt from including a power limiter into their designs.

By referring to the Ceiling Fan Bulletin dated May 2010 which proposes new regulations for the fan’s «airflow» performance, there are proposed changes to the existing definition of a ceiling fan. For example, the «airflow» regulation will only apply to fans with blades of a nominal diameter of 90 to 183 cm (36 to 72 in ), and would not apply to decorative fans (less than 30 W at high speed). These exemptions only apply to the «airflow» proposal and not to the «lighting» performance requirements in effect now and proposed in this bulletin.

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS ) and effective date for TIER II

NRCan is proposing to set TIER II maximum lighting power consumption for ceiling fans and to ceiling fan light kits as per Table 1.

The 2 nd level of performance would be effective as indicated in Table 1.

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