On 20 April 2018, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers agreed to introduce minimum standards for LED lamps in Australia and New Zealand in line with European Union (EU) standards.
Timing of the new regulation will align with revised EU minimum standards that will apply to LED light bulbs (planned for September 2020). The details of the new EU regulation are expected to be final in 2018.
The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program will continue to seek stakeholder advice in implementing this important decision.
Although there are currently 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.
Buying good quality LEDs
LED lighting offers an energy efficient alternative 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.
Minimum energy efficiency and quality standards for LED light bulbs are expected to be in place by 2020, following the decision to introduce this new regulation in April 2018.
Refer to A consumer guide to buying quality LEDs for information on selecting quality and efficient products.