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Energy Label Is Changing; Energy Efficient And Environmentally Friendly Bulbs Are On The Way

Philips, the global leader of lighting, draws attention to energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting applications with the ecodesign and energy labeling communiqué issued on July 1st 2015. Identifying the labeling and additional product information provision requirements for electric lamps and luminaires as they are introduced to the market, “Communiqué on the Energy Labeling of Electric Lamps and Lighting Luminaires” and “Communiqué on the Environmentally Friendly Design Requirements of Linear Lamps, Light-Emitting Diode Lamps and Relevant Equipment” were issued on July 1st, 2015. As regulated with these communiqués, product information such as energy consumption, production standards and technical values are now must be attached to the packages of electric lamps and lighting luminaires.

yq“This communiqué will ensure that the information provided on a product package corresponds to the product,” said Özge Süzen, Marketing Director of Philips, on the new regulations around energy labeling and ecodesign. “This will ensure the manufacturing process is in line with the standard and the end-user will not be fooled. In other words, the consumer will know the properties he/she needs in a product and/or will know exactly what he/she is buying, therefore will be able to save even more on the utilities”.

A New Era Of Lighting

Among the objectives of the new communiqué are creating a common platform for lamp and luminaire manufacturers, creating a fair competition ensuring that the products are manufactured under the same standards, being of assistance to the consumer with new labels in order to increase customer satisfaction while improving energy efficiency. In addition, consumers will be able to access all thee information about a product looking at its package, therefore they will be able to buy the product they need conveniently. As a result of the renewed energy labels, consumers will be able to buy products with highest energy efficiency.

Cost Of Utilities Is Reduced While Environmental Sensitivity Is Increased

Consumers who purchase halogen lamps, incandescent lamps, high-pressure gas discharge lamps, LED lamps and LED modules manufactured in line with the new communiqué will contribute to the protection of environment while reducing their utility bills. 

“Consumers justifiably demand the performance stated on the label of a lamp,” said Mrs. Süzen.  “For example, it was a random choice commonly made by the consumer to purchase one of two products both with a label of 8W. However, one of the lamps was only providing 2W of light while the other was offering the same performance stated on the product label. The regulations made with the new communiqués guide the customer to make the right choice for his/her needs.  Thus, this regulation needs to be adopted by all in order to raise awareness in consumers and to prevent misconducts”.

What Is Going To Happen To Lighting Product Stocks

Özge Süzen stated that older products which were already in the stocks will be exempt from this communiqué and continued: “According to these communiqués, manufacturers or distributors are able to sell their electric lamps and luminaires which were in-stock or imported by July 1st, 2015 the latest. However, all the lamps produced under the brand of Philips Lighting have been manufactured as required by the ecodesign and energy labeling communiqué since 2013. Thus, Philips’ stock are already conforming with the new communiqué”.  

What is going to change with the Energy Labeling Communiqué

Energy-efficient lamps with halogen and compact incandescent technologies are now subject to new necessities. Minimum performance standards and functional requirements are identified for LED lamps (light-emitting diodes).

New manufacturing standards are issued for linear lamps (i.e. reflectors and spot lights). Inefficient F and G energy classes are dismissed and 2 new energy class, A+ and A++, are added.    With this regulation, the highest energy efficiency class will be A++ while the lowest energy efficiency class will be E. Especially  due to the developments in LED technology, these 2 new energy efficiency classes are introduced as LED lamps are offering very high energy efficiency under A+ and A++ energy classes being manufactured with the latest technology.  “Energy-efficient lamp” definition is changing; Class A and A+ and A++ lamps are now deemed as energy-efficient lamps.

New sanctions are on the way for manufacturers and suppliers. Manufacturers are now obliged to state information such as the lifecycle, maximum energy consumption (in Watts), minimum luminosity value of the lamp in lumens on the product package. Thanks to the technical specifications attached both to the package and the product itself, consumers are now able to select the product they need. In addition, all the necessary information will be online in order to make it possible to compare products.

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