Incandescent Reflector Lamps


For the purpose of this regulation, incandescent reflector lamps:

are any lamp in which light is produced by a filament heated to incandescence by an electric current,
which is not colored or designed for rough or vibration service applications,
that contains an inner reflective coating on the outer bulb to direct the light;
has an R, PAR, ER, BR, BPAR, or similar bulb shape with an E26 medium screw base;
has a rated voltage or voltage range that lies at least partially in the range of 115 and 130 volts;
has a diameter that exceeds 2.25 inches; and
has a rated wattage that is 40 watts or higher.
Other definitions are available at 10 CFR 430.2.


Other than the three exemptions below, incandescent reflector lamps manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291 (16), must meet or exceed the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations, 10 CFR 430.32(n) and shown in the table below.
Note 1: P is equal to the rated lamp wattage, in watts.
Note 2: Standard Spectrum means any incandescent reflector lamp that does not meet the definition of modified spectrum in 10 CFR 430.2.

Final Rule: Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures, Federal Register, 74 FR 34080 (July 14, 2009)

Technical Support Document

Docket No. EE-2006-STD-0131; contains notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.


The standards specified in this section do not apply to the following types of IRLs:

IRLs rated at 50 watts or less that are ER30, BR30, BR40, or ER40 lamps
IRLs rated at 65 watts that are BR30, BR40, or ER40 lamps
R20 IRLs rated 45 watts or less