New Energy Label for EU Market in Lighting Industry.

LEDs have brought about a revolution for electric lighting: efficiency improvements in the past decade have been more significant than those in the entirety of the preceding 120 years. Yet with lighting still accounting for nearly 5% of global CO2 emissions, there is much more work to be done. 

In line with this, two new lighting regulations which aim to continue the work of improving energy efficiency in the market and cut carbon emissions came into force on the 1st of September 2021 in the EU, with one combined regulation for the UK implemented on 1st October 2021.

These are new European Commission regulations which were ratified and published in December 2019. Since the UK has left the European Union, it decided to replicate the technical requirements and combine them into one UK regulation known as a Statutory instrument.  In practical terms, this means the new lighting regulations will apply to EU member states and the UK in a near identical fashion – only specific regulatory markings are likely to vary, for example CE/UKCA and EU/GB flags on point of sale energy labels. 

Under the current Brexit trade agreement, Northern Ireland remains part of the single European market and is subject to the EU version of these regulations. 

What are the new lighting regulations called?

EU ELR – Energy Labelling Regulation | Commission Regulation (EU) No 2019/2015 laying down energy labelling requirements of light sources.
UK The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Lighting Products) Regulations 2021.

What is the Energy Labelling Regulation about?

Energy Labels are the tool used to communicate energy efficiency in a simple manner. They are used on all electrical energy using products, including washing machines, televisions and light sources.
Regulations are a tool used to implement the requirements for improving efficiency.
The ELR will replace and repeal two regulations: (EC) No 874/2012 and (EC) No 2017/1369.
It defines the new energy labelling requirements for packaging, sales literature, websites and distance selling. As part of this, all products requiring energy labels must be registered into the EPREL database. A QR code linking to the technical product information is also mandatory.

How have energy labels changed?

The old ratings had lost clarity as the efficiency essential to the previous regulation had maxed out. Most product would be rated A, A+ or A++ while the E and F ratings had become redundant. As such, energy ratings have been rescaled to increase clarity between different classifications. This also gives headroom to accommodate more energy efficient products entering the market.

Previous EU energy label

New EU energy labels

New UK energy labels

Previously, the label had a rainbow colour scale going from Green to Red and lettering scale from A++ to E.

The revised scale is still green to red in colour, but has a lettering scale from A to G with more efficiency needed to achieve these levels. As such, many products that were rated A++ will now be rated C or D.

New energy efficiency requirements

It’s worth bearing in mind that products that have a lower rating on their new label have not become less efficient – they are consuming the same amount of power as they always have. A clear example of this is the Integral LED High Performance+ panel which has an industry leading efficiency of 175lm/w, but is still only classified C on the new scale.

What do each part of the energy label means ?


Consumers are now presented with more information on each energy label, which may take some getting used to, but overall these changes should help them in making fair comparisons between products.

EPREL: What lighting businesses need to know

 Working with new energy labelling is now unavoidable for the lighting industry, so it’s worth familiarising yourself with its standard requirements for its use.
New energy labels cannot be publicised prior to 1st of September 2021
ALL applicable products, either on the market or intended to be placed onto the market, must be registered in the EPREL database if intended for the EU marketplace
ALL applicable products, either on the market or intended to be placed onto the market, must have the new energy rating label, suitable for the EU market and/or UK market
Energy Related Products (ERP) must be compliant to their respective efficiency regulations – for lighting – if it’s in scope – that’s the SLR.
As of 1st September, 2021, ONLY SLR compliant products can be placed on the market, or if already placed on the market they may continue to be saleable.
Data within the EPREL database must be fully complete in order for the item to be published as live – and therefore considered saleable.

Products on the market with incomplete EPREL registrations will be deemed non-compliant by market surveillance.


What are the benefits of EPREL for consumers?

 EPREL data will create free, publically available product information sheets which give a detailed summary of the performance of a light source.
The QR codes displayed on all the new energy labels link to the product information sheets, allowing for fast and easy access.
The data required by the EPREL is tightly defined, which helps to create a fairer level playing field across the market.
The product information sheets are laid out in a consistent format, helping consumers to compare competing products and make an informed choice.

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