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ENERGY STAR Releases Timeline To Sunset Most Lighting But Launches Downlight Category

U.S. Energy Star logo with examples of lighting products

On March 13th, U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program issued a memo with final decisions about sunsetting of the ENERGY STAR lighting programs. Here are the major takeaways from the decision memo:

  • EPA is finalizing the sunset of the ENERGY STAR specifications (programs) for lamps and luminaires, effective December 31, 2024.
  • Recessed downlights and downlight retrofit kits will be covered by a new specification moving forward. This is partially due to the U.S. DOE excluding downlight retrofit kits from the planned tightening of general service lamp (GSL) federal standards. EPA is striving to complete the new downlight specification in time for a seamless transition from Luminaires.
  • Lighting requirements will be removed from the ENERGY STAR ceiling fan and ventilation fan specifications, effective August 1, 2023. Fans with lighting will still be eligible.
  • Brand owners are encouraged to remove ENERGY STAR references on Web sites and materials as they are updated or reprinted to ensure compliance by December 31, 2024.
  • Sunset timelines are listed in the chart below.
  • On August 1, 2023, EPA will issue amended versions of the Residential Ceiling Fans and Ventilating Fans specifications with the lighting requirements removed, effective at issuance. See Appendix A in the memo (at the link below).

The ENERGY STAR memo with their final decisions is available here.

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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