Lighting Europe, the spokesperson for the lighting industry in Europe, based in Brussels, published in 2019 the
Regulation (EU) 2019/2015
on energy labelling of light sources and
EU Regulation 2019/2020
on ecodesign requirements for light sources and independent control mechanisms
The regulation will be applicable from 1 September 2021 in all EU member states and influences from producers to end users of lighting products. The regulation also includes product information that must be registered in the EPREL database, which except for the rest of the regulation came into force last May 2021.
New energy labelling regulations
Product labels, with the function of classifying their energy expenditure, over time had become inefficient since, with today’s technology, it is difficult to find a product with a low-scoring label.
From now on the labels A++, A+ and A disappear and a new classification appears.
New energy labels: from A to G
The new labels show a gradual scale, with the same colors as the old labeling, from A to G, with products labeled with the letter G being the least efficient and, on the contrary, products labeled with the letter A will be the most energy efficient.
Labels cannot be replaced before September 1, 2021, but manufacturers and distributors have a period of 18 months, until March 1, 2023, to be able to liquidate stocks with an old label.
On the other hand, new energy efficiency requirements are introduced, which will cause the disappearance of different inefficient luminaires such as linear fluorescent T8 and halogen lamps with a G4, G9 or GY6 base.35 The rest of halogen lamps continue to be authorized in the European Union.
The circular economy requirements on the extraction and replacement capacity of light sources and control systems contained in the product are also regulated.
It is expected that in the future there will be a new re-qualification in the energy labelling regulations when 30% of the products marketed in Europe are in range A or when between range A and B there are 50% of the products.