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CAN/CSA-C866-17 - Performance of LED luminaires

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  • 2017

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  • CSA
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This is the second edition of CSA C866, Performance of LED luminaires. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2012.

This Standard covers the energy efficiency and other performance requirements, as well as the associated test procedures for indoor, outdoor, residential, and commercial light-emitting diodes (LED) luminaires. Performance requirements on standby power and controls were considered, but it was agreed that these would be addressed in future editions of this Standard.

While the previous edition, developed to support the market introduction of LED luminaires, was oriented mostly to residential products, this new edition presents a more simplified set of requirements and testing methodologies that focuses on both commercial and residential applications, both indoor and outdoor.

CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of BC Hydro, Canadian Electricity Association, Efficiency Nova Scotia, Hydro-Québec, Independent Electricity System Operators, Manitoba Hydro, Natural Resources Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Energy, the Ontario Ministry of Energy, and SaskPower.


This Standard specifies energy efficiency and performance requirements for LED luminaires of the directional and non-directional type used for general illumination, including commercial and residential, indoor and outdoor, as well as those with a significant decorative function.


1) White tunable luminaires and connected luminaires are included in the scope of this Standard.

2) Safety requirements for luminaires, portable luminaires, self-ballasted lamps, and lamp adapters are provided in CSA C22.2 No. 250.0, CSA C22.2 No. 250.4, and CSA C22.2 No. 1993, respectively.

This Standard does not cover LED products that are

a) intended for roadway lighting and street lighting luminaires covered under CAN/CSA-C653 and CAN/CSA-C811;

b) direct current (DC) powered luminaires, e.g. PoE luminaires;

c) intended for indication, e.g., traffic lights and exit signs and pedestrian crosswalk signs;

d) exclusively intended for decoration or colour changing highlights, e.g., holiday lights, wall washing, and colour changing luminaires;

e) intended for retrofitting into existing fixtures (LED retrofit);

f) other solid state lighting (SSL) such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and nanotechnology;

g) integral to equipment or instrumentation and are installed by its manufacturer;

h) specifically designed for use only during medical or dental procedures;

i) specifically used in display cases, where the lighting is integral to the display case;

j) integral to food warming and food preparation equipment;

k) specifically used for plant growth or maintenance;

l) an integral part of advertising or directional signage;

m) specifically used for theatrical purposes, including performance stage, and film and video production; or

n) specifically intended for television broadcasting.

In this Standard, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the Standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

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