IS 15111 (PART 1):2002

In this competitive scenario, it isn't easy to survive in the market without a standard quality and certified product. BIS license may also be required to sell products in the Indian market.

To get BIS certification and produce a standard quality product, the manufacturer must ensure that their product must follow the specified Indian standard.

Let’s take a closer look at IS 15111 (Part 1):2002 for self-ballasted lamps for general lighting services.

This standard specifies the safety and interchangeability requirements, as well as the test methods and conditions needed to demonstrate compliance of tubular fluorescent and other gas discharge lamps with integrated means for controlling starting and stable operation (self-ballasted lamps), intended for domestic and similar general lighting purposes and having:

  1. a rated wattage up to and including 26 W,
  2. a rated voltage up to and including 250 V, and
  3. Edison screws E 14 and 27 or bayonet caps B 15d and B 22d

IS 15111 (Part 2) specifies the performance requirements of self-ballasted lamps.

Self-ballasted lamps must be designed and built in such a way that they operate reliably and pose no danger to the user or the environment in normal use. All compliance is verified by performing all of the specified tests.

Self-ballasted lamps shall be built in such a way that no internal metal parts or live metal parts of the lamp cap are accessible when the lamp is installed in the lamp holder as per IS 1258 or 1S 10276 without any additional enclosure. Insulation resistance and electric strength must be adequate between the lamp's current-carrying metal parts and the lamp's accessible parts. Self-ballasted lamps are non-repairable, factory-sealed units. They must not be opened under any circumstances.


Tests shall be carried out according to the standard's method.

  • Durability of marking
  • Interchangeability
  • Protection against electric shock
  • Mechanical strength
  • Dimensions
  • Power factor
  • Starting and run-up and some other


Marking shall be done as per IS 5111 (Part 1 & 2). The lamps shall be marked with the trade-mark, or the manufacturer's name, Rated voltage or the voltage range, Rated wattage; Rated frequency, Rated luminous flux; Rated colour temperature; and Country of manufacture. Furthermore, the lamp manufacturer must provide certain information, either on the lamp or in the packaging, or in the installation instructions, as per the standard requirement. The Standard Mark (ISI Mark) may also be applied to self-ballasted lamps.

The manufacturer must obtain a BIS license for self-ballasted lamps from the Bureau of Indian Standards to use a standard mark (ISI Mark). BIS will grant a license after successfully assessing manufacturing infrastructure, processes, quality control, and testing capabilities during a visit to manufacturing premises.

isi mark


For Detailed Information about the Procedure for BIS ISI Certification, Visit :

  1. Procedure for Domestic Manufacturer
  2. Procedure for Foreign Manufacturer


If a product falls under the scope of the BIS Conformity Assessment Scheme, All the manufacturers, importers, and foreign entities must obtain BIS ISI Certification. The Bureau may cancel the License if the product fails to meet certification requirements.

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