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Summer 2010
LRC to Identify and Test Energy-efficient Lighting for Canadian Agency

Banning incadescent bulbsThe Canadian Government regulates the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) of certain lighting products sold in that country. In 2009, Canada adopted new energy performance requirements for general service lamps (GSLs, commonly referred to by the public as light bulbs), that will take effect in 2012. The government agency Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has contracted with the LRC to help them identify and test GSLs that are commercially available and should meet the MEPS based on manufacturers' specifications.  The LRC has identified a number of halogen incandescent lamps and is testing the performance of these models in its laboratory. (CFLs and LED lamps are exempt from MEPS because these light sources are assumed to meet the performance standards.) The results will help NRCan communicate with Canadian citizens about energy efficient lighting products that will be available after the new regulations take effect.

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The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals. Visit

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