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Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

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Overview

Currently there are no minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) requirements for LEDs.

MEPS for LEDs are currently under consideration by the Department in conjunction with the Australian lighting industry and other professional bodies. Information on the policy options being considered can be found here: http://www.energyrating.gov.au/consultation/lighting-updated-policy-proposals

Although there are no MEPS requirements for LED products, they may be subject to safety, electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) and other requirements.

Contact the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) (link is external) for further information on electrical safety requirements and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) about EMC.

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MEPS

Energy
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Australia

New Zealand

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

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No

Under consideration

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Buying good quality LEDs

LED lighting is a rapidly developing technology that is already offering useful alternatives to some traditional lighting technologies. Good quality LEDs can provide excellent lighting in a range of applications. However, tests on some LED products found in the marketplace indicate that there is significant variation in product quality. Some lower quality LEDs sold may not provide you with enough light, may flicker when dimmed, change colour through life or fail prematurely.

Refer to A consumer guide to buying quality LEDs for information on selecting quality and efficient products.

LED compatibility

E3 is consulting with stakeholders on a proposal to increase the minimum efficiency requirements for incandescent and halogen bulbs (Australia only) to remove the most inefficient lamps. Good quality LEDs can provide excellent lighting in a range of applications. However, in some situations there are compatibility issues. Some LED bulbs may not be compatible with all lighting dimmers and low voltage transformers currently installed in Australian houses.  In these cases the LEDs may flicker, not turn on, make a noise or fail early. The E3 Program is working with industry stakeholders to seek to reduce costs in transitioning to LED.

Transformer compatibility for extra-low voltage downlights

Extra-low voltage downlights use a transformer/converter to step down the electricity from mains voltage (230-240V) to an extra-low voltage (12V). These transformers are most commonly used with MR16 halogen downlights. As LEDs are more efficient than the halogen lamps the transformers were designed to operate with, the transformers don’t always operate as expected, causing issues such as flickering, buzzing or early failure of the LED. However, compatibility is improving and some LED lamps are highly compatible with a range of transformer models.

Suppliers of MR16 LED lamps are invited to nominate their non-dimmable, extra-low voltage (MR16) LED lamps for inclusion in an information resource for electricians to identify compatible products.

To complete the nomination form, suppliers will need to enter:

  1. Supplier details – company name and a nominated contact person (these details will not be public)
  2. LED lamp details – these should be entered for each individual model, using the model number on the product packaging
  3.  Transformer model details – enter each transformer model that is compatible with your LED lamp
  4. Accept the declaration and submit the form.
     

Dimmer compatibility for LED lighting

Dimmers allow the householder to adjust the light level in a room, using a dial or switch. Not all dimmable LEDs operate with all dimmer models, and not all LEDs are dimmable. The Government (via a third party provider) is testing LED lamps with dimmers installed in Australian homes to identify product compatibility and make this available to electricians.

Testing has commenced on mains voltage LED products and legacy dimmers. 

Consultation

Latest consultation:

Started 11 Dec 2017 15:00 AAEDT
Ends 29 Jan 2018 17:00 AAEDT

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