The aim of the new EU regulations on ecodesign and energy labelling is to achieve sustainable utilisation of energy and resources. This is also to be implemented in the context of climate-friendly lighting. We would like to briefly explain what changes will come about as a result of the EU regulations (EU 2019/2020 and EU 2019/2015) that enter into force on 1 September 2021.
What specific changes are there concerning lamps and luminaires?
The regulations distinguish between light sources and containing products, no longer between lamps and luminaires. Light sources are electrically operated products intended to emit light. According to the definition, these include LED lamps intended for general lighting – but also fully integrated luminaires from which the light sources cannot be removed without permanent damage to the containing product and without the use of common available tools. The EU regulations only contain new provisions for light sources, which are still subject to mandatory energy labelling. The new label will include a product-specific QR code with a link to the new EPREL product database. A product is deemed a "containing product" if the light source of a holding system can be removed by a suitably qualified person using common available tools without causing damage. As a result of the new regulations, these products are no longer subject to mandatory labelling.
In future, there will also be a new basis for calculating the energy efficiency of light sources. On the one hand, this will result in less efficient lamps disappearing from the market, and, on the other, existing energy efficiency classes will be renamed and reclassified. The current energy efficiency classes A++ to E will become classes A to G, whereby, in the new classification, A stands for very efficient devices and luminaires and is reserved for future devices. The new classification is mainly based on luminous efficacy. Class A includes lamps with a luminous efficacy of at least 210 lm/W; Class G is for lamps with less than 85 lm/W.
Here is an example: a lamp currently classified as A++ can become a Class F light source as a result of the new regulation. This is merely a new basis for assessment and has no negative impact on energy efficiency.
What does all this mean for you as a Nimbus customer?
Thanks to our sustainable design concept, in the event of a defect we are able to remove the light source (LED module) from our luminaires and replace it without causing permanent damage. These luminaires are therefore regarded as containing products and no longer need to bear an energy label. The energy efficiency class of the product in question can be found on the corresponding datasheet on our website. Furthermore, in future the labels of all these products will bear a pictogram indicating that the light source can be replaced by qualified Nimbus staff. The exception proves the rule: the Roxxane Fly CL is defined as a "light source" and is subject to mandatory energy labelling. In the event of a defect or any queries, please contact us for advice on how to proceed. As a result of the new assessment basis, the former Class A will become Class F. Once again, you will find the energy efficiency class on the product datasheet on our website.