September 1, 2013, the latest energy efficiency requirements of LED lighting officially began to be carried our in Europe. The requirements of European energy efficiency mainly based on the requirements of the the ErP as a representative. ErP Directive is the same as the LVD Directive, EMC Directive, which has also been incorporated in the EU’s CE system. Therefore only after related products involved must meet ErP requirements, the CE can be marked on the nameplate of the product and a designated agency must be responsible for market surveillance, which is the EU requirements of enforcement. As far as the lighting is concerned, since 2009, the EU introduced EC244/2009 for non-directional light sources (mainly halogen lamps, fluorescent lamps) and EC245/2009 for fluorescent tubes, ballasts and luminaires composed accordingly, EU1194/2012 was launched for all LED bulbs and directional light sources on December 2012. Next, the second phase of the implementation of this requirement will be September 1, 2014, the third stage will be September 1, 2016. STAR standards cover the promotion of high-performance LED lamps. Lighting Facts label, Energy Star and DLC all belong to voluntary requirements; in California, the special requirements for the portable LED lamps that need to meet the California energy is mandatory. |
Europe and the United States as the world’s major LED application base, its market is vast, but also proposed strict requirements on the LED lights and the energy efficiency testing of LED lighting. On the other hand, the U.S. current LED bulbs and lamps’ energy efficiency requirements focused on Lighting Facts label of LED lighting, Energy Star and DLC. Lighting Facts label is to make lighting products more specific and more credible data, from five to tell customers the product’s performance parameters, in October 2012 two requirements Optional indicators issued by the lighting facts has been added. Energy Star logo is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy co-founded in 1992, which aims at ensure the energy efficiency of products listed and managed comply with regulatory requirements, the Energy Star Market Supervisory is very strict, EPA annually regularly random spot checks ?Selects and conducts all ENERGY STAR products from the market, it immediately cancels the Energy Star qualified of the unqualified products and entitles to allow manufacturers to further compensate consumers. DLC is a voluntary energy efficiency program the Northeastern U.S. Energy Efficiency Partnership initiated ,certified products directory is used to promote the high-performance LED lamps which has not yet been covered by “Energy Star (ENERGY STAR)” standard throughout the United States. Lighting Facts label, Energy Star and DLC belong to resource requirements.
U.S. energy efficiency standards for energy efficiency that are tested against laboratory qualification is required, which must be independent third parties, the products issued by an accredited laboratory test data and reports is effective. there are a lot of work to do for LED export enterprises that face with barriers of energy efficiency standards in European and American markets to gain a firm foothold in the global market,. Intertek as a professional third-party testing and certification organization, recommends that companies pay close attention to the relevant international standards and upgrade technology and transform product within the specified time to reduce unnecessary business risks.
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