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Mexico Considers New Standards for Lamps, Certain Digital Interfaces

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 6 August on a proposal to amend the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used in residential, commercial, services, industrial and public lighting settings. Lamps falling within the scope of this proposal include incandescent lamps, halogen incandescent lamps, lineal fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge lamps and mixed-light lamps.

A range of lamps are excluded from the scope of this proposal, such as (1) black lights, anti-insect and infrared lamps, lamps with integrated reflectors, lamps used in transport or in traffic lights, or lamps for signalling, mining, plant cultivation, anti-fragmentation, entertainment, medical or therapeutic activities; (2) incandescent lamps used exclusively in appliances with a power of 40 watts or less, including ovens, microwave ovens, fridges, fans, range hoods, sewing machines and dryers; (3) incandescent lamps with a rated power of 32 volts or less; (4) lamps with a left hand thread, triple power or colour; (5) decorative incandescent lamps with a power of 40 watts or less; (6) certain linear fluorescent lamps measuring less than 50 centimetres, with a colour rendering index of at least 90, a colour temperature higher than 7,000 K and designed to operate at low temperatures; (7) circular fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps without an integrated ballast; (8) low-pressure sodium vapour lamps; (9) double-ended quartz metal halide lamps with a protected discharge tube or a reflector; (10) ceramic metal halide lamps with a power of 20 watts or less, with a protected discharge tube or a reflector; and (11) high-pressure sodium vapour lamps with a power of 50 watts or less, with a reflector or a colour rendering index of at least 60.

Among other things, PROY­NOM­028­ENER­2017 would initially require incandescent and halogen incandescent lamps to meet minimum luminous efficiency standards of 14.00 to 20.69 lumens per watt in the case of general spectrum lamps and 14.00 to 15.53 lumens per watt in the case of modified spectrum lamps, although those standards would be replaced with a single 60.00 lumen/watt requirement as of 1 January 2019. Lineal fluorescent lamps with a diameter of at least 15 millimetres would be required to comply with a minimum luminous efficiency standard ranging from 73 to 97 lumens per watt, while high-intensity discharge lamps, mixed-light lamps and mercury vapour lamps would be required to meet a minimum luminous efficiency standard ranging from 60 t0 90 lumens per watt. The proposal also includes sampling provisions, test methods, and marking and conformity assessment requirements. The new requirements would enter into force 60 days from the date of issuance of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

Separately, Mexico is seeking input by 31 July on a proposal (PROY-NOM-218-SCFI-2017) to set mandatory standards for radio equipment with digital interfaces for public networks operating at 2,048 kbit/s and 34,368 kbit/s. The proposal would require these products to comply with the specifications of Technical Disposition IFT-005-2016 issued by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications. The goal of this standard is to prevent the introduction and commercialisation of equipment that may cause adverse interference between operating units and endanger Mexico’s telecom networks and services. It is worth noting that an emergency mandatory standard already requires these products to comply with Technical Disposition IFT-005-2016, but that emergency standard will expire on 9 September and may not be extended beyond that date.

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