The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides acquisition guidance for fluorescent ballasts, a product category covered by FEMP efficiency requirements. Federal laws and requirements mandate that agencies purchase ENERGY STAR qualified or FEMP designated products in all product categories covered by these programs and in any acquisition actions that are not specifically exempted by law.
FEMP's acquisition guidance and efficiency requirements apply to instant start (IS) ballasts designed to operate 4-ft medium bipin (e.g., F32T8) or 8-ft slimline (e.g., F96T8) lamps; and programmed start (PS) ballasts designed to operate 4-ft medium bipin, 4-ft standard output miniature bipin (e.g., F28T5), or 4-ft high-output miniature bipin (e.g., F54T5HO) lamps. All other ballast types are excluded.
This acquisition guidance was updated in August 2015.