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EU Eco Design Regulations

Proposed Eco-design Regulations

There have been many changes to Stage Lighting over the years, starting with candles, Stage Lighting has progressed as technology has changed. There are new changes coming to Stage Lighting, driven by proposed EU regulations which are under public consultation until 07/05/18. Currently Stage Lighting has an exemption from the Eco Design regulations, the proposed regulations do not have the same exemption.

The proposed EU regulations are due to come into effect by September 2020 and cover ALL light sources, whether they are a lamp or a self-contained fixture, this includes LED light sources.

The incoming regulations are based around the efficiency of the light source, they propose to set a minimum efficiency of 85 lumens per Watt as well as restricting the maximum standby power to being 0.5W. The proposed regulations will affect all types of fixtures. If we look at an industry standard fixed lens tungsten profile lantern (Fig 1).

 Fig 1 - 13 lm/W

Unsurprisingly, the efficiency of tungsten fixtures falls well short of the proposed minimum efficiency. What might be more surprising is the efficiency of a leading fixed lens LED profile (Fig 2), which could be currently considered to be a cutting edge fixture with an LED light source.

 Fig 2 - 37.7 lm/W

Both of the above examples do not meet the proposed efficiency of 85 lm/W. This is not a reflection on the quality of the fixtures but an example of how the requirements of the proposed regulations will affect Stage Lighting. No tungsten light sources will meet this required efficiency and, to the best of our knowledge, the vast majority of LED based Stage Lighting fixtures will not meet the required efficiency.

While the proposed regulations do not exclude the use of fixtures that do not meet the requirements, the sale of replacement lamps and fixtures that do not meet the efficiency requirements will be prohibited. This makes it highly likely that the second-hand value of existing fixtures will be dramatically reduced.

Manufacturers are suggesting that due to the limits of optical design and LED efficiency that certain types of fixture will not be able to be manufactured with the required efficiency. As the proposed regulations stand, these fixture types may well cease to exist after 2020.

These proposed regulations have the potential to have a very significant impact on all performance venues and productions of almost every scale and type.

There are some glimmers of hope though.

  • There is still time, to respond to the public consultation – as long as it is before 07/05/2018
  • You can write to your MEP letting them know the impact these regulations will have on you.
  • Current regulations include an exemption for Stage Lighting
  • Proposed regulations include an upper limit of 82,000 lm, designed to “exclude very powerful lamps, e.g. sports lighting…”
  • Previous regulations have included clauses such as; implementing measures should cause… “no significant negative impact on the functionality of the product, from the perspective of the user” and that “there shall be no significant negative impact on consumers in particular as regards the affordability and the life cycle cost of the product”.

These regulations are still in consultation (until 07/05/18), the regulations are yet to be finalised, they could still be changed before the final version is published.

Further sources of information:

Please note these are to third party websites and Stage Electrics has no control of the content.

ALD - #SaveStageLighting - https://www.ald.org.uk/resources/savestagelighting
PLASA - http://www.plasa.org/technical/lighting-regs.asp






























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