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New Commission Regulation has been published (14.12.2012) in Official Journal of European Union that included new ecodesign requirements for LED and directional lamps.

Requirements apply for directional lamps  (80 % of light is within a solid angle of 120 degrees), LED lamps and lamp control gear. Requirements apply also when these are integrated into other products.

LED modules are exempted from the requirements of this Regulation if they are marketed as part of luminaires that are placed on the market in less than 200 units per year.

This Regulation also establishes product information requirements for special purpose products.

Energy efficiency requirements

Energy efficiency requirements enter in force in stages during 2013–2016. Every new stage includes new or more stringent requirements. Energy efficiency index (EEI) shall fulfill the following requirements:

Stage 1 (from 1.9.2013):

  • EEI < 1,75 for mains-voltage filament lamps if luminous flux > 450 lm

  • EEI < 1,20 for other filament lamps (EEI < 0.95, if luminous flux > 450 lm)
  • EEI < 0,50 for other lamps

Stage 2 (from 1.9.2014):

  • EEI < 1,75 for mains-voltage filament lamps
  • EEI < 0,95 for other filament lamps
  • the no-load power of a lamp control gear intended for use between the mains and the switch for turning the lamp load on/off shall not exceed 1,0 W

Stage 3 (from 1.9.2016):

  • EEI < 0,95 for filament lamps
  • EEI < 0,36 for high-intensity discharge lamps
  • EEI < 0,20 for other lamps
  • the no-load power of a lamp control gear intended for use between the mains and the switch for turning the lamp load on/off shall not exceed 0,5 W

Functionality requirements

Functionality requirements enter in force also in stages during 2013–2016 and include such requirements as:

  • lamp survival factor at 6 000 h
  • lumen maintenance
  • number of switching cycles before failure
  • starting time
  • lamp warm-up time
  • colour rendering (Ra)

Product information requirements

Required product information shall be displayed on the package and free access websites. Additionally the following shall be marked on the lamp (value and unit): power (W) and wattage (V) and if there is sufficient space available also luminous flux (lm), colour temperature (K) and beam angle (°).

These information requirements do not apply to filament lamps not fulfilling the efficacy requirements of Stage 2 (from 1.9.2014) and LED modules when marketed as part of a luminaire from which they are not intended to be removed by the end-user.

Energy labeling requirements

LED and directional lamps shall have energy labeling according to Commission Delegated Regulation (874/2012, published September 26, 2012) concerning lamps and luminaires supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU. More information in newsletter "Energy labeling requirements for lamps and luminaires". .

Measurement of product parameters

Measurements of the relevant product parameters shall be performed through reliable, accurate and reproducible measurement methods, which take into account the recognised state-of-the-art measurement methods including, where available, harmonised standards adopted by the European standardisation bodies, as listed in Annex I to Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

SGS Fimko’s services

SGS Fimko offers fast and cost effective testing service for all measurements (e.g. energy efficiency, lumen output and power) that are required by the energy labeling as an accredited test laboratory and also professional consultancy service for requirements of energy labeling. Additionally we offer safety-, EMC-, EMF-, performance and photometric testing services for lamps and luminaires and certification solutions to different market areas around the world.

For more information, please contact:

  • Mr. Pasi Orreveteläinen, Project Manager, (lighting equipment)
  • Mr. Kari Vesterinen, Product Line Manager (industrial and household appliances),
  • Mr. Ari Honkala, Product Line Manager (EMC and EMF)