27 Aug 2009
California RoHS Lighting Requirements to Become Effective on January 1, 2010
On and after January 1, 2010, a person shall not manufacture for sale, sell or offer for sale in the state specified general purpose lights that contain levels of hazardous substances prohibited by the European Union pursuant to the RoHS Directive. This requirement is part of the California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act that was signed into law in October 2007.
Details of this requirement include:
A manufacturer of general purpose lights sold or being offered for sale in California shall prepare and, at the request of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, submit within 28 days of the date of the request, technical documentation or other information showing that the manufacturer’s general purpose lights sold or offered for sale in this state comply with the requirements of the EU RoHS Directive.
A manufacturer of general purpose lights sold or being offered for sale in California shall provide, upon request, relevant certification to a person who sells or offers for sale that manufacturer’s general purpose lights. The certification shall attest that the general purpose lights do not contain levels of hazardous substances that would result in the prohibition of those general purpose lights being sold or offered for sale in California. Alternatively, the manufacturer may display the certification required by this subdivision prominently on the shipping container or on the packaging of general purpose lights.
"Hazardous substances" include lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
“General purpose lights” means lamps, bulbs, tubes, or other electric devices that provide functional illumination for indoor residential, indoor commercial, and outdoor use. It does not include specialty lighting and special-needs lighting for individuals with exceptional needs.
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