As of October 1, 2011, manufacturers will need to increase efficiency 30 percent above currently qualified fluorescent-based fixtures in order to gain that coveted blue seal of approval–and in 2013, performance requirements will increase further, to 40 percent higher efficiencies as compared to currently qualified models. (These ratios will hold for LED lighting, as well.)
Other standards currently in place for Energy Star-qualified lighting fixtures will continue to apply: bulbs that comes with such fixtures must last last at least 10 times longer than standard light bulbs, the appliances must reduce the number of toxics traditionally associated with fixture materials, and must come with a 3-year warranty (above the industry standard).
As per the EPA’s new, tougher Energy Star standards, product performance meeting these standards must now be certified by an EPA-recognized third-party, based on testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory.
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