This is the third edition of CSA C654, Fluorescent lamp ballast efficacy measurements. It supersedes the previous editions published in 2010 and 1991.
This Standard is based on the ANSI/NEMA performance Standards for fluorescent lamps (C78 Series) and ballasts (C82 Series), with the purpose of specifying ballast efficacy limits and methods of measurement for energy conservation.
This edition includes the following changes:
a) The units of measurement have been revised from BEF to BLE (Ballast Luminous Efficiency) for T12, T8, and T5 type ballasts. These changes eliminate photometric measurements and prescribe the use of electrical measurements of a lamp-and-ballast system.
b) This Standard has been modified and simplified to take into consideration revisions to the referenced NEMA Standards.
CSA acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of NRCan, BC Hydro, Manitoba Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Sask Power, and Efficiency Nova Scotia.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard specifies test procedures and performance requirements for the efficacy of fluorescent lamp ballasts for use in fluorescent luminaires to be installed in industrial, commercial, or residential locations.
This Standard applies to ballasts intended to operate at a line frequency of 60 Hz.
This Standard covers ballasts for the types of fluorescent lamp specified in Table 1A.
1) This Standard does not define the ballast factor (BF) measurement process because the Standard does not use BF to define product classes. See Annex A for a description of BF.
2) This Standard does not specify requirements for safety of ballasts. These requirements are specified in CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 74.
3) It is possible that fluorescent lamp and ballast combinations not covered by this Standard will be included in a future edition of this Standard.
The following fluorescent lamp ballasts are excluded from this Standard:
a) a ballast that, by means of an integrated dimming capability, can reduce the output of the fluorescent lamp by 50% or more;
b) low frequency T8 ballasts that are designed, labelled, and marketed for use in EMI-sensitive environments and sold in packages of 10 or fewer; and
c) programmed start (PS) ballasts that operate fluorescent lamps commonly referred to as 4 ft MBP T8 lamps and deliver on average less than 140 mA to each lamp.
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The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.