Energy efficiency certificates, which have until now only been available for electrical appliances and housing, will soon be awarded to the lighting industry. EU regulations require that the packaging of all products with replaceable or disposable light bulbs have an energy efficiency label.
What does the energy efficiency label tell us?
Lighting manufacturers must specify their products’ consumption rate (in kWh/1000h), as well as the efficiency group to which they belong. The groups range from “A++” to “E”, where “A++” represents maximum efficiency and “E”, the minimum.
Products marked “A” not only help to conserve the environment, but also reduce our electricity bills.
In addition to the energy efficiency label, the regulations require that packaging also provides some information about a product’s dimensions, output (in lumens), colour temperature in degrees Kelvin (only for white lights) and lifespan.
Other characteristics that must be on the packaging include the number of switch cycles, the product’s start-up time in seconds, maximum working environment temperature, the angle of the light beam and whether or not it can be adjusted.
Sustainable products can also be identified by the “RoHS compliance” symbol, which certifies that no hazardous materials that may pose a threat to the environment have been used to manufacture a product.
LED lighting products are currently the most energy efficient and have a far greater lifespan in comparison to any other kind of lighting. That is why LED solutions are always given an “A++”, “A+” or “A” rating.