EU Sets Up New Energy Labeling Requirements for Electric Lamps and Luminaires

: On September 26, 2012, the European Commission published a new Commission Delegated Regulation (874/2012) concerning lamps and luminaires supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU.
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Nov. 8, 2012 - PRLog -- This Regulation entered into force on October 16, 2012 and can be applied. Products that are released to market after September 1, 2013 shall be labeled according to the requirements of this Regulation. At the same time the Directive (98/11/EC) for household lamps will be repealed.

Scope of the Regulation

Requirements of the Regulation shall be applied for filament, fluorescent, high-intensity discharge and LED lamps and modules and luminaires with the previously mentioned lamps or LED modules. All lamps and LED modules marketed for applications where their primary purpose is not lighting and all lamps and LED modules with a luminous flux of less than 30 lumens have been excluded from the scope of the Regulation.

New Energy Labeling

Form and content of the new energy labeling depends on the lamp type or construction of the luminaire. Regarding the energy labeling of lamps typical content is as follows:

-        supplier’s name or trade mark

-        type (model)

-        energy efficiency class

-        energy consumption

Energy labeling of luminaire requires information of lamp compatibility (lamp type and suitable lamp energy classes) and energy class of the accompanying lamp.

Examples of different energy labeling can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Duties of Retailers und Suppliers

Retailers and suppliers shall ensure that in marketing, advertisements, price information and other technical promotional materials the energy efficiency is shown according to the requirements of the Regulation. Additionally suppliers (usually manufacturer) shall have a product fiche and technical file available. Technical file shall include test results and calculations required by the energy labeling.

About SGS Electrical & Electronics

SGS offers fast and cost effective testing services for all measurements (e.g. 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 SGS offers safety, EMC, EMF, performance and photometric testing services for lamps and luminaires ( and certification solutions to different market areas around the world.

More information about the SGS services for photometric products can be found from the Photometric brochure (


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