Mandatory Energy Labelling in EU

From September 1, 2013 all light sources in the EU must carry an energy label, and from March 1, 2014 all luminaires.

The European Commission has published the new energy labelling Regulation (EU) No 874/2012 that replaces the lamps energy label 98/11/EC from 1998. The Regulation entered into force on 16 October 2012 and is legally binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States. The requirements of the energy labelling Regulation apply from 1st September 2013. The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 874/2012 of 12 July 2012 is available on the website of the European Commission.

There are transitional provisions for certain products such as for suppliers and dealers of luminaires which are not mandatory before 1st March 2014.

In the case of luminaires, the energy label does not relate to the energy efficiency of the luminaire but to the efficiency of the lamps or LED modules that are used as the light source in the luminaire. The luminaire manufacturers must then make this information available to the end customers.

Printed advertisements or printed technical promotional material does not have to be changed if it is published before 1 March 2014.

Dealers and sellers of lighting products also have responsibilities and shall ensure that:
(a) dealers display labels properly, in a visible and legible manner, and make the fiche available in the product brochure or other literature that accompanies products when sold to end-users;
(b) whenever a product covered by a delegated act is displayed, dealers attach an appropriate label, in the clearly visible position specified in the applicable delegated act, and in the relevant language version.
As an example, this means that luminaires already placed on the market prior to 1st March 2014 can continue to be sold because they are not covered by this Regulation and have no label for a dealer to display.

Certain lamps are excluded from the legislation such as those emitting less than 30 lumens of luminous flux, and some specialty lamps not primarily designed for use as lighting such as infrared, horticulture & signalling. A complete list of excluded products can be found in the Regulation(EU) No 874/2012.

LightingEurope is the industry association representing leading European lighting manufacturers and national lighting associations. LightingEurope has published a guide and a questions & answers document about the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 874/2012, both of which are available here.

For a complete overview of the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 874/2012 of 12 July 2012 and all its dates and provisions, please visit the website of the European Commission.

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