Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
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. However, LED products may be subject to safety, electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) and other requirements which may be applicable.
Contact the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) for further information regarding these requirements.
New Zealand ENERGY STAR
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) introduced the ENERGY STAR specification for LED Light Bulbs in 2011 to help consumers and lighting specifiers identify the most efficient and high performing products. The specification is based on the US ENERGY STAR criteria with some additional New Zealand electrical safety requirements.
EECA is currently working with the lighting industry to register LED light bulbs that meet the required levels. If your company supplies LED light bulbs that meet the required criteria, please contact email@example.com.
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.
Consumers are advised to be cautious and have a basic understanding of LEDs before investing in them. Even high-quality LEDs are in a relatively early stage of development and comparatively few have undergone rigorous testing in real-life settings. However, quality LEDs are becoming available and buyers can find them if they know what to look for.
Refer to A consumer guide to buying quality LEDs for information on selecting quality and efficient products.