Electrical code requirements for lighting

To qualify for financial incentives through our Lighting Program (CLP), all lighting installations must meet the Manitoba Electrical Code guidelines.

You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Inspection (within Winnipeg) or Certificate of Approval (outside Winnipeg), issued by the inspecting body. The certificate must be submitted along with your completion documents in order to receive an incentive from us. A Certificate of Inspection or Certificate of Approval cannot be issued for an annual permit. Annual permits cannot be used to apply for the CLP.

Electrical permits

A permit is required for every electrical installation with the exception of these installations:

  • T8 energy efficient fluorescent lamp;
  • T5 energy efficient fluorescent lamp;
  • screw-in base LED lamp into an existing fixture.

A separate permit is required for each installation address or location. For example, a business with 3 separate offices undergoing lighting retrofits will require 3 separate electrical permits.

Master/Slave wiring

Master/Slave or Remote wiring of fluorescent ballasts is not permitted for the CLP. Back-to-back tandem wiring of four-foot lamps into eight-foot fixtures is acceptable.

Tubular LED (T-LED) labelling

Type A: Lamps operate via the existing fixture ballast, without modification to the existing circuitry.

  • A new fixture label is not required.

Type B: Lamps operate by bypassing the existing fixture ballast.

  • A new label is provided by the manufacturer as part of the retrofit kit.
  • Both the original fixture label and the new label must be visible on the fixture.

Type C: Lamps operate via an external LED driver.

  • A new label is provided by the manufacturer as part of the retrofit kit.
  • Both the original fixture label and the new label must be visible on the fixture.

Fixture recertification

When an existing luminaire is modified, such as adding a reflector or relocating lamp holders, the retrofitted fixture must be recertified by an accredited certification organization or receive special acceptance from the Office of the Fire Commissioner. An approval number will be provided and must be stated on the nameplate label along with the other required label information.

Read more about Electrical codes and standards.