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Update to Lighting Regulations and Labels

Updates to Lighting Regulations in the EU and UK

As you may be aware, there have been changes to lighting regulations in the EU and the UK recently, which have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency, and therefore reduce carbon emissions. These changes will effect new stock as it arrives, however we will be using the new rating in our product descriptions and titles.

What is Changing?

There are 2 new lighting regulations:

  1. EU SLR (Single Lighting Regulation) - This defines in new terms the light sources covered under the regulation and sperate control gear. Light sources can be anything that emits white lights, including luminaires, LED modules and LED Lamps. EU SLR will replace (EC) No 244/2009, (EC) No 245/2009 and (EU) No 1194/2012.
  2. EU ELR (Energy Labelling Regulation) - This defines the new energy labelling requirements for product packaging. Energy ratings on labels will provide more clarity on classifications, as well as help bring new and more energy efficient products to the market.

Before, labels were on a rainbow scale, green to red, with lettering scaling from A++ to E.

After, labels will still scale from green to red in colour, but the lettering will scale from A to G, with a higher level of efficiency required to achieve the higher ratings. Products that were rated A++ on the old energy rating, would now be rated C or D. 

old vs new energy labels

New Energy Efficiency Requirements

old vs new lumen efficiency ratings

Please note, products that have a new, lower energy rating on the label have not become less energy efficient - they still provide the same lumen per watt as before.

Also, products will now display more information on energy labels, and these changes will make it easier to choose more energy efficient options, and encourage manufacturers to produce more energy efficient products, ultimately reducing your carbon footprint, energy usage and energy costs.

If you have any questions about the new energy ratings, please feel free to get in touch here, and we will do our best to help.

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