Inefficient lamps shift-out
On April 17 2012 there was a LED Forum during the Light&Building 2012 event from Frankfurt/Main. A debate was organised about the new EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for Lighting Products. For the moment this is only a draft, but by autumn 2012 it is expected to be published in the Official Journal of the EU. After one year of transitional period it will be applied in all Member States and will be fully applicable after three years. This new regulation covers directional lamps (spot lamps), compact fluorescent lamps CFL and LED. There will be two new additional label classes above "A", A+ and A++ and by 2016 most of the CFL will be shift-out. There is a debate about enhancing the confidence of the consumers on LED by defining the light quality of LED (color rendering, color temperature etc.). This is a very ambitious EU plan and will transform the lighting market. On the other hand, lighting designers complain about existing LED situation, where there are may companies that do not play by the rules and are overpromising the LED characteristics. More details at http://www.elcfed.org/celma/presentations/.