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LIA in crunch talks with Govt over 120lm/W rule


Industry representatives are meeting the UK government today to lobby for amendments to the forthcoming Ecodesign regulations.

A delegation from the Lighting Industry Association is to discuss the concerns of the sector with the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero.

The UK Government’s proposed minimum efficacy performance standards (MEPS) for light sources have caused some alarm and confusion in the industry in recent months.

Introduced by the former Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the rules mandate a minimum energy performance standard (MEPS) for light sources and lamps of 120 lm/W in 2023, rising to 140 lm/W in 2027.

There are modest concessions for mains voltage light sources, directional light sources, ‘connected’ light sources, light sources with a Colour Rendering Index greater than 93, light sources with a correlated colour temperature of under 2000K, and light sources with an output of less than 400 lm.

Despite the concessions, a large proportion of lamps currently on the market fail to exceed 120 lm/W and face effective banning in the autumn.

However, causing more anxiety in the industry is the rules’ effect on luminaire makers. As the legislation is understood by the sector, they must use integral light sources with a minimum efficacy of 120lm/W, no matter what the format, colour temperature or colour rendering.

Industry sources also describe the rules as a ‘blunt instrument’, as delivered light in the form of luminaire lumens per circuit watt is not prescribed, so a low-glare downlight with a 120 lm/W source could deliver only 40 luminaire lm/W and remain compliant.

The concessions do not apply to embedded modules in luminaires.

The draft proposals – part of the lighting efficacy standards of the Energy-related Products Policy Framework – were unveiled in November 2021, and its measures are set to take effect this November.

The closing date for the final consultation is Tuesday 4 April 2023.

The Lighting Industry Association is proposing that the rules are restricted to A-class and possibly GU10 lamps. The association also wants changes to the energy labelling requirements.

• You can comment on the proposals HERE.

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Ray Molony

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