ErP for non-directional household lighting

This regulation establishes ecodesign requirements for the placing of non-directional household lamps ont he market, including information about when they are marketed for non-household use or when they are integrated into other products. It also provides product information requirements for special purpose lamps.


Exemptions from EC/244/2009

The requirements set out in this Regulation shall not apply to the following household and special purpose lamps:

a. lamps having the following chromaticity coordinates x and y (coloured light emitting lamps):
  • x < 0,200 or x > 0,600
  • y < – 2,3172 x2 + 2,3653 x – 0,2800 or y > – 2,3172 x2 + 2,3653 x – 0,1000;
b. directional lamps (reflector lamps);
c. lamps having a luminous flux below 60 lumens or above 12 000 lumens (e.g. Nightlight lamps and showbiz lamps);
d. lamps having (UV lamps): — 6 % or more of total radiation of the range 250-780 nm in the range of 250-400 nm, — the peak of the radiation between 315-400 nm (UVA) or 280- 315 nm (UVB);
e. fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast (LFL and CFLni lamps);
f. high-intensity discharge lamps (HID lamps);
g. incandescent lamps with E14/E27/B22/B15 caps, with a voltage equal to or below 60 volts and without integrated transformer in Stages 1-5 according to Article 3 (end by 1st September 2016).
h. Incandescent lamps with S14, S15 or S19 caps shall be exempted from the efficacy requirements until 1st September 2013.


Special purpose lamps

Starting from 1 September 2009:
For special purpose lamps, the following information shall be clearly and prominently indicated on their packaging and in all forms of product information accompanying the lamp when it is placed on the market:

   a. their intended purpose
   b. that they are not suitable for household room illumination.

A ‘special purpose lamp' means ((EC) No. 244/2009) a lamp not intended for household room illumination because of its technical parameters or because the related product information indicates that it is unsuitable for household room illumination.


Regulatory timelines

Stages Application Date Affected Lamps types and requirements
1 September 1st, 2009 All non-clear (frosted, opal, etc) incandescent lamps including mushroom and decorative shapes. Clear finish, high-wattage incandescent lamps greater or equal to 100W. Clear incandescent lamps with 75W or lower, F and G energy class. All non-clear halogen lamps including linear halogen (DEQ) and G) burners. Clear halogen lamps 75W and higher including linear halogen (DEQ) and G9 burners with 'D' energy class or lower.
2 September 1st, 2010 Clear incandescent lamps with a wattage of 75W or higher. Clear halogen lamps 60W or higher, 'D' class or lower. Product Information to be visibly displayed prior to purchase to end-users on the packaging and on free access websites.
3 September 1st, 2012 Clear incandescent lamps with a wattage below 60W. Clear halogen lamps 25W or higher, 'D' class or lower.
4 September 1st, 2011 Clear incandescent lamps with a wattage of 60W or higher. Clear halogen lamps 40W or higher, 'D' class or lower.
5 September 1st, 2013 Performance standard increase for all lamps (lifetime, etc.)
6 September 1st, 2016 All lamps with energy efficiency label 'C' (except linear halogen (DEQ) and G9 burners).

Various product alternatives for more efficient lighting are also available by GE Lighting Europe.


Pictograms used on packaging

The graphical elements (pictograms) used by GE Lighting provide information about the nature of certain lamps included on the product packaging.

These pictograms represent product information for non-directional household lamps:


Disposing CFLi lamps

Check out the guidelines for the disposal and cleaning the debris of CFLi lamps.


Packaging regulations


ErP-related documents

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