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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/consultation-ris-lighting

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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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 on these areas, in conjunction with the lighting industry. The following information is intended to help you make the transition to LED lighting.

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. The transformer for these lights is generally found in the roof cavity. 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 have their own lists of compatible products but there is currently no central location for householders/electricians to find this information. To assist Australian households find which LED lamps are compatible with which extra low voltage transformers, an information resource will soon be available so users can look up this information.

Suppliers of MR16 LED lamps are invited to nominate their non-dimmable, extra-low voltage (MR16) LED lamps for inclusion in the information resource and select which transformers are compatible with the lamps.

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.

The Government will publish this information on the Energy Rating website and via our Light Bulb Saver App. When a user enters their transformer model, a list of compatible LED lamp models will be displayed. If a supplier nominated lamp is compatible with the transformer model, it will appear in the search results.

Some households may also have dimmers installed on their extra-low voltage downlights, so careful product selection is essential in these circumstances.

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. Households with dimmers should ensure they look for markings on the LED packaging to identify dimmable products and look for a list of compatible dimmers either on the package or on the supplier website. The Government (via a third party provider) is testing LED lamps with dimmers installed in Australian homes to identify compatibility and inform an information resource – “find an LED dimmable lamp to work with my dimmer”.

Testing has commenced on mains voltage LED products and legacy dimmers. Further investigations are underway to assess the feasibility of testing combinations of LED MR16 lamps, transformers and dimmers.

Lighting Council Australia are considering adding to this resourcing, by investing in testing of new dimmers with new LED lamps on the market.

Online information resources – Coming soon

To assist householders and electricians working on their behalf find compatible products for dimmers and/or transformers, we are developing two information resources; one for finding LED lamps compatible with dimmers, and another for matching LED MR16 lamps with transformers.

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