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This is the second edition of CSA C22.2 No. 250.4, Portable luminaires, one of a series of Standards issued by CSA Group under Part II of the Canadian Electrical Code. It supersedes the previous editions published in 2014.

This Standard contains specific requirements for portable luminaires and is intended to be used together with the requirements for luminaires contained in CSA C22.2 No. 250.0.

The major changes to this edition include
a) the addition of Annex AA;
b) requirements for luminaires powered by rechargeable batteries; and
c) the removal of requirements for lighting strings.

For general information on the Standards of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part II, see the Preface of CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 0, General requirements — Canadian Electrical Code, Part II.

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 applies to portable luminaires, intended for use in dry, damp, and wet locations, and intended to be used in accordance with the Rules of CSA C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, in non- hazardous locations, on a nominal 120 V system and 15 or 20 A branch circuits, or on the load side of a Class 2, LED Class 2, or safety extra-low voltage (SELV) circuit.

This Standard applies to portable, incandescent, fluorescent, HID, LED, and other lighting technology luminaires for illuminative or decorative purposes and combinations of these, such as
a) amateur movie lights;
b) aquarium;
c) cabinet (including under-cabinet);
d) clamp type;
e) chain-and hook-supported types (including flexible-cord-, steel-cable-or rope-supported);
f) colour wheels;
g) display case type;
h) drafting type;
i) electronic (flashing, touch-control) types;
j) extension handlamps;
k) extra low voltage portable luminaires, supplied from a remote power source;
l) fibre-optic types;
m) flood lights;
n) floor type;
o) counterfeit detectors;
p) hobby type;
q) hospital type;
r) illuminated forms or shapes (figurines, fire logs, terrestrial globes, plaques, etc);
s) kits, portable luminaires;
t) machine-shop lamps (e.g., illuminated shields for use with electric grinders);
u) make-up mirrors;
v) office furnishing luminaires;
w) picture lights;
x) planter lights;
y) paint curing types;
z) rechargeable hand lamps;
aa) table type;
ab) wall (pin-ups); and
ac) work lamps.

This Standard does not apply to luminaires covered by other CSA Standards, such as
a) decorative lighting products;
b) emergency lighting equipment;
c) stage and studio luminaires;
d) electric signs and displays;
e) radiant heaters and infrared and ultraviolet lamp assemblies for cosmetic or hygienic;
f) purposes in non-medical applications;
g) low voltage landscape lighting systems;
h) submersible lighting systems; and
i) direct plug-in nightlights.

For the purpose of this Standard, the term "luminaire" means portable luminaire.

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.

Document History

  1. CSA C22.2 NO. 250.4:20


    Portable luminaires

    • Most Recent
  2. CSA C22.2 NO. 250.4-14 (R2019)

    Portable luminaires

    • Historical Version