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On March 18, 2009 the European Commission adopted two eco-design regulations – 244/2009 and 245/2009 – under the EuP Directive 2005/32/EC. The regulations aim to improve the energy efficiency of household lamps (specifically incandescent bulbs, halogen lamps and fluorescent lamps), as well as office, street and industrial lighting products (fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge lamps and related ballasts and luminaires). The energy efficiency requirements are expected to save close to 80 TWh in Europe by 2020. This is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of Belgium, or of 23 million European households, or the yearly output of 20 power stations of 500 megawatts. The energy savings will lead to a reduction of about 32 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
The two regulations also specify functionality and product information requirements, taking into account user expectations in terms of aesthetics, utility and health concerns. It progressively removes inefficient conventional bulbs and other lighting products from the market in a way that allows manufacturers to adapt their production for more energy efficient alternatives. Specifically, incandescent light bulbs will be progressively replaced by alternative light sources with higher efficiency starting in 2009 and finishing at the end of 2012.
Summary Of Requirements Covered By Regulation 245/2009:
Below are the requirements for:
Fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast and for high intensity discharge lamps:
Lamp efficacy Lamp performance Product information on lamps (e.g. rated lamp wattage, luminous flux, lamp efficacy at 100 h and color rendering index) Ballasts for fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast and ballasts for high intensity discharge lamps:
Ballast energy performance Product information on ballasts (energy efficiency index, efficiency of the ballast) Stand-by current, and the like Luminaires for fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast and for luminaires for high intensity discharge lamps:
Luminaire energy performance (power consumption) Product information on luminaires (e.g. complete photometric data) The requirements must be applied not later than March 18, 2010 and will tighten gradually every few years after 2010. Product information has to be provided on free-access websites and in other forms that the manufacturers deem appropriate.
Summary of Requirements Covered by Regulation 244/2009
The eco-design requirements for non-directional household lamps are as follows:
Lamp efficacy Lamp functionality (e.g. lumen maintenance, starting time, UVA+UVB radiation, color rendering, etc.) Product information on lamps (luminous flux, nominal life time, lamp mercury content, etc.) Other requirements must be applied at the latest on September 1, 2009 and will tighten gradually after 2010.
On September 1, 2010, prior to purchase, product information must be visibly displayed to end-users on the packaging and on free access websites.
Compliance Verification and Market Surveillance
For the purposes of compliance and verification of compliance with the requirements of these regulations, parameters shall be established through reliable, accurate and reproducible measurement procedures. Member State authorities will carry out market surveillance. Surveillance methods vary depending on the product and requirements of the regulations.
SGS Services
SGS Fimko offers a wide range of testing services and modern testing equipment to fulfill all the requirements of these new regulations.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Pasi Orreveteläinen
SGS Lighting Specialist
EmailMr. Kari Vesterinen
SGS Product Line Manager
Email SGS Fimko LtdP.O. Box 30 (Särkiniementie 3)
t: +358 9 696 361
f: +358 9 6925 474
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