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MAUL energy efficiency classes 2021

EU regulations lead to new energy efficiency classes

The 1st of September 2021 will see the introduction of new energy efficiency classes for lamps and further energy-saving measures. You can find out what benefits this has for you, what is being done for the environment and why these changes are happening here.

Saving energy with lamps

Thanks to new efficiency classes (under the Ecodesign Directive), it is expected that by 2030 there will be an annual saving of 41.9 TWh/year on lighting, providing an important contribution to the EU's energy and climate targets. Initially, as of September 2021, there will be no "A" efficiency class devices on the market. This will provide manufacturers with an incentive to develop even more efficient products.

New energy efficiency classes

Starting in September 2021, lamps will be divided into new energy classes. While there were previously classes ranging from A++ to E, the new scale will range from A to G.

Most consumers recognise the energy label and take it into account during purchases. When introduced in 1995, most products were classified in the lower classes E to G. Over time new models became more and more efficient, so that today most of them are categorised as class A+ to A++. This makes it difficult for users to tell which products are the most energy efficient.

In order to make it easier to tell products apart, the "+" classes are being removed while new classes from A to G are being defined with more modern requirements. This will be applied not just to lamps, but also - at a later date - to dishwashers, washing machines and tumble driers, fridges and electronic displays including televisions and monitors.

Desk lamps: previously A++, now E-G

These are the new energy efficiency class ratings

Light source energy efficiency classes

efficiency = n = luminous flux/power consumption

Energy efficiency classes Total mains voltage luminous efficacy n/lm/W
A 210 <= η
B 185 <= η < 210
C 160 <= η < 185
D 135 <= η < 160
E 110 <= η < 135
F 85 <= η < 110
G η < 85

According to this new regulation, desk lamps such as those from MAUL will probably be classified in the lower three energy efficiency classes from E to G. In order to classify products exactly, new detailed measurements will be carried out according to precise specifications.

MAUL Energy label 2021

More product information via a QR code on the label

The introduction of the new efficiency classes will also result in new energy efficiency labels. These labels will include not only the new classes, but also a QR code which consumers can use to obtain further information about the product. This data will be entered by manufacturers and importers into the central EU database EPREL. This means that by using a smartphone directly in the shop, you can quickly find out technical information and the origin of the product, or identify products that do not comply with European specifications.

Background: New Ecodesign/Energy Label regulations

Ecodesign and energy label are two complementary instruments of European environmental and energy policy to promote resource conservation and energy efficiency.

Here, ecodesign indicates the environmentally conscious design of energy-related products. The framework for this was established by the EU Ecodesign Directive (Directive 2009/125/EC) and implemented into German national law with the Energy-related Products Act. The details for various product groups are stipulated in separate regulations. For the product group 'Light sources and separate operating devices', this is found in Regulation (EU) 2019/2020 of 01/10/2019, which defines the ecodesign requirements for light sources and separate operating devices.

Energy labels give information about the energy efficiency of products. The framework for this was set by the EU Energy Labelling Directive (Directive 2010/30/EU) and transposed into German national law with the Labelling of Energy-related Products Act. The details for various product groups are stipulated in separate regulations. For the product group 'Light sources' this is found in Regulation (EU) 2019/2015 of 11/03/2019 on the energy labelling of light sources.

Status: 16.4.2020 - The complete regulations are authoritative.

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