Ecodesign Regulation

Next steps of phasing out and changing energy labelling

On 5 December the European Commission published Regulation 2019/2020/EU laying down on ecodesign requirements for light sources and separate control gears as well as the delegated Regulation 2019/2015/EU on energy labelling of light sources. They apply from 1 September 2021 unless another date is specified. The most important changes at a glance:

  • Some inefficient lamps can then no longer be placed on the market. These include, for example, compact fluorescent lamps with built-in ballast – the so-called energy-saving lamps.
  • From 1 September 2023, T8 lamps in sizes 600, 1,200 and 1,500 millimetres as well as halogen lamps with G9, G4, GY6.35 bases will no longer be permitted.
  • As of 1 September 2021 the energy consumption labels of light sources will be given a new scale from A to G.
  • The obligation for manufacturers and suppliers to label luminaires will expire as early as 25 December 2019. (2012/874 / EU, Article 3, paragraph 2, and Article 4, paragraph 2, will be deleted).

In places, the very detailed regulation on ecodesign also provides for exceptions. It is therefore worth taking a close look at the legal text. The European association LightingEurope has published two information documents on this subject.