From September 1st, the new energy efficiency label for lights only has classes A to G
If you want to buy more lamps and lights, you might be surprised: The best products will soon no longer bear the energy label of class A ++, but only D to F. But that’s not a bad sign.
You can only buy lights with the redesigned energy label
If you want to buy a light source, you will find redesigned energy labels in stores from September 1st, on which information can be found, for example, on electricity consumption. After the deadline, it will sometimes no longer be possible to find the light sources with the best energy efficiency of class A ++ to date – because all these products will be downgraded to classes D to F.
This change has become necessary for many products that are required to be labeled with the EU energy label. Because the further developments in the devices could no longer be shown clearly enough. Most recently, the energy efficiency class A with three plus signs was the highest in some areas, because at some point the A-level specifications were far exceeded by the developers.
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New energy label: transition period of 18 months
Therefore, everything is set to the beginning, according to the Ecodesign Directive 2021. The old classification classes A to G are valid again, there are no more plus classes. And after the first changes in the spring, for example for washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and televisions, it is now the turn of the light sources.
All light sources with the classification A ++ currently available on the market will be able to achieve a maximum efficiency class of F to D from September 1st, explains the industry portal Licht.de . The classes above remain free for the time being. However, there is a transition period: for 18 months it will be possible to find both label variants in stores when shopping.
Comparable development for fridge-freezers
The re-labeling of fridge-freezers has already taken place. Stiftung Warentest has now looked at the effects. The product selection mainly comprised high-quality models, as these have already come onto the market with the new label – actually the premier class of devices.
But as expected, even these models are no longer to be found at the top of the scale in the new EU classification. They have identifiers from C to E, although according to the product test evaluation, all but one of the devices achieve a “very good” or “good” efficiency, according to the magazine “test” (edition 09/2021).
The testers also noticed leaps in development compared to the previous evaluation of this device class in 2020. That means: The devices have gotten better, but they do worse than in the past when it comes to the award of energy labels.
Energy label is now mandatory for all light sources
It could therefore take some time in many product groups before the top class A is occupied again – also for the light sources. The changeover brings another change here: All light sources in retail must now have a label – even luminaires from which the light source cannot be removed without interference.
At first glance, the old and the new label remain the same: Furthermore, a traffic light scale in the colors red to green shows how energy-efficient a product is. The light sources indicate how many kilowatt hours they use per 1000 hours (kWh / 1000 h). The new label also has a QR code that leads to further information in a European product database via the smartphone camera or an app with a scan function.
First energy-saving lamps and halogen lamps forbidden
From September 1st, consumers may also only be able to buy a few energy-saving lamps – also known as compact fluorescent lamps – and certain halogen lamps in stores. Because these may no longer be brought onto the market again. However, stock items may still be offered.
Energy-saving lamps with integrated ballasts are initially affected. According to the industry portal Licht.de, these can be recognized by their screw sockets, for example with the identification E14 and E27.
In addition, so-called linear high-voltage halogen lamps with an R7s base and more than 2700 lumens as well as low-voltage halogen lamps with reflectors, for example in the GU4 and GU5.3 sockets, are prohibited. Other models will then disappear from the market from September 2023.