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This market assessment confirms that Europe is ready for efficiency requirements on directional lamps that would accelerate the market for LED lamps in September 2016

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1194/2012  of 12 December 2012 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for directional lamps, light emitting diode lamps and related equipment established performance requirements and a schedule for four classes of directional lamps. Stage 1 took effect on 1 Sept 2013; Stage 2 took effect on 1 Sept 2014 and Stage 3 takes effect on 1 Sept 2016. 

Part of Stage 3 is a conditional clause whereby the requirements for mains-voltage filament lamps would only take effect on 1 September 2016 if four criteria are met. The regulation states that:

"Stage 3 for mains-voltage filament lamps shall apply only if no later than 30 September 2015, evidence is produced by the Commission through a detailed market assessment and communicated to the Consultation Forum that there are mains-voltage lamps on the market that are:
    • Compliant with the maximum EEI requirement in stage 3;
    • Affordable in terms of not entailing excessive costs for the majority of end-users;
    • Broadly equivalent in terms of consumer-relevant functionality parameters to mains-voltage filament lamps available on the date of entry into force of this Regulation, including in terms of luminous fluxes spanning the full range of reference luminous fluxes listed in Table 6;
    • Compatible with equipment designed for installation between the mains and filament lamps available on the date of entry into force of this Regulation according to state-of-the-art requirements for compatibility.”


The Commission therefore prepared and published a detailed market assessment on 22 May 2015 and held a Consultation Forum on 25 June 2015 to communicate these findings and discuss any concerns that members of the Consultation Forum may have.  CLASP has reviewed the Commission's market assessment and prepared this supplementary study which confirms that the four criteria contained in EU No 1194/2012 have been met.  Therefore we conclude that the Commission would be justified to keep Stage 3 for mains-voltage filament lamps should remain in place, taking effect on 1 September 2016.

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