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California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act Now in Effect

 As of Jan. 1, Article 10.02 of the California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act prohibits the sale of general purpose lights in California if they exceed hazardous substance concentration limits set forth in European Union (EU) legislation known as the RoHS Directive (Directive 2002/95/EC), which establishes allowable maximum concentrations for mercury, lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). High output and very high output linear fluorescent lamps greater than 32 millimeters in diameter, preheat linear fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, CFLs greater than nine inches in length and state-regulated general service incandescent lamps are exempted. Manufacturers of general purpose lights that are sold or offered for sale in California must provide technical documentation upon request to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) demonstrating that the general purpose lights comply. In addition, manufacturers must provide sellers of general purpose lights in California with certification that the lighting complies with the EU RoHS Directive, upon request. The certificate can be listed on the shipping container or on the packaging.  Lighting fixtures are not affected by the legislation.  For more information, visit