A new rescaled energy label for electrical products and appliances has been introduced across the EU from 1 March 2021. However, from 1 September 2021, the new energy labelling regulations for light sources come into effect. You'll continue to see both energy labels until 1 March 2023 as there is a 18-month transition period for products already on the market, but many manufacturers will start using the new label earlier. We'll answer the most commonly asked questions about the new energy label and show you what will change.
Why is there a new energy label?
Electrical appliances and light sources have become more and more energy-efficient in recent years. As a result, the majority of all appliances were considered efficient and there were hardly any differences between the energy efficiency ratings A+, A++ and A+++. The new energy label is intended to make the differences transparent again for consumers. For this purpose, all appliances will be re-evaluated.
What are the differences to the old energy label?
A+, A++ und A+++ (plus ratings) no longer exist on the new EU energy label. The new scale ranges from ratings A to G. Light sources with an A rating do not exist for the time being, however, in order to be able to rate even more energy-efficient appliances with new technologies in the future, it has been included. Therefore, classes B and C are the ‘best in class’ and most energy-efficient lights for now.
The QR code is new as well. This provides direct access to the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL), in which further product information is available. The registration is mandatory for manufacturers.
Comparing the new and the old energy label
The old energy label
Old energy efficiency scale
Energy consumption per 1,000h (Kwh)
The new energy label
Re-evaluated energy efficiency scale
Energy consumption per 1,000h (Kwh)
QR code to access product information in the EPREL database
New Energy Label 2021: Can I compare the old and the new energy labels?
The efficiency rating has been determined anew for each product and a comparison with the old label is not possible. For example, the external power supply will be added to the energy consumption in the future, which will lower the overall efficiency.
In addition, light sources with energy class A do not exist for the time being – this is energy class is reserved to rate even more energy-efficient appliances with new technologies in the future.
Are lights with the new energy label less efficient?
No, they’re still energy-efficient. The new test procedure is more stringent and takes into account future improvements in lighting efficiency. By today's standards, the efficient products under the old energy label are just as efficient after the changeover.
Which appliances have the new EU energy label?
Almost all electrical appliances that have an old EU energy label also have a new one. In addition to light sources, these include, for example, TVs and home appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators.
Frequently Asked Questions: Energy Label & Energy Efficiency
What is A+++ now?
Due to new test procedures for all electrical appliances the efficiency rating has been determined anew for each product. Therefore, it’s not possible to compare the old efficiency classes with the new rescaled ones.
Is there no longer an A?
The energy efficiency class A still exists. For the time being, however, there are no light sources that have this energy class. This leaves room in the future for even more efficient technologies.
Will the old energy label for light sources no longer exist after 1 September 2021?
Light sources already placed on the market before 1 September 2021 may still be sold with the old label. This means that for the transition period until 1 March 2023, you’ll most likely see the old and the new energy label on the market. This means that you might still come across the A plus ratings too.
Why does my product does not have an energy label?
A distinction is made between the following product types:
1. Light source: light sources are products where the light source cannot be removed or replaced, such as a light bulb. Light sources are subject to labelling and receive an energy label.
2. Surrounding product: a surrounding product is a product that contains one or more light sources (bulbs) that can be removed and replaced, for example a table lamp with an E27 socket. In this case, only the light bulb is labelled. Light fittings do not receive a label.
3. LED luminaires: LED luminaires are products where the light source can be removed for testing purposes but cannot be replaced, for example an LED panel light. An efficiency class of the installed LED module is determined, but a label is not available.
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