12 Aug 2016
Mexico Mulling New Energy Efficiency Standards for LED Lamps
Mexico’s Ministry of Energy is seeking input from interested parties by 19 September on a proposal (PROY-NOM-030-ENER-2016) to amend the mandatory energy efficiency standards, test procedures, sampling, conformity assessment and labelling requirements for integrated light-emitting diode lamps for general lighting purposes. The new standard would require integrated omni-directional LED lamps in A, BT, P, PS and T bulb shapes, as well as LED lamps with an undeclared bulb shape, to comply with a minimum luminous efficiency of 55 to 70 lumens per watt, compared to 50 to 55 lumens per watt currently. Integrated omni-directional LED lamps in BA, C, CA, F and G bulb shapes would be required to comply with a minimum luminous efficiency of 55 or 65 lumens per watt, compared to 40 lumens per watt currently. Directional LED lamps with AR11, BR, ER, MR, PAR and R bulb shapes would have to comply with a minimum luminous efficiency of 50 lumens per watt in the case of lamps with a diameter no larger than 6.35 centimetres (compared to 40 lumens per watt currently) and 60 lumens per watt in the case of lamps with a diameter greater than 6.35 cm (compared to 45 lumens per watt currently).
The measured total luminous flux of directional and integrated omni-directional LED lamps may not be less than 90 percent of the nominal value marked on the product, unchanged from current practice. LED lamps would also be required to comply with a correlated colour temperature ranging from 2,200 to 6,500 (compared to 2,700 to 6,500 currently), subject to certain specifications, as well as a minimum sustained luminous flux ranging from 96.5 percent after 1,000 hours, 89.9 percent after 3,000 hours and 83.2 percent after 6,000 hours for lamps with a nominal useful life of 15,000 hours or less to 97.2 percent after 4,000 hours and 95.8 percent after 6,000 hours for lamps with a nominal useful life greater than 50,000 hours (compared to a minimum sustained luminous flux ranging from 83.2 percent for lamps with a nominal useful life of less than 15,000 hours to 95.8 percent for lamps with a nominal useful life of 50,000 hours or more currently). LED lamps would also be required to meet various other provisions and undergo certain test procedures, including a thermal shock resistance test and a switching test.
Moreover, the proposal would amend the current marking requirements for LED lamps by requiring in the body of the product information on the product model and luminous flux in addition to the already required name or brand of the producer or seller, certain electrical information (e.g., nominal input voltage, frequency, electric power, power factor and electrical current), and the date or code that identifies the period of manufacture. In addition to including the already required information on the country of origin, the name and address of the domestic producer or importer, certain electrical specifications, and the bulb type and type of spatial distribution of light, the packaging of the product would also be required to contain information on the nominal luminous flux, correlated colour temperature, useful product life in hours, product model, bulb base nomenclature, and graphical comparison or legend indicating the equivalent electrical power consumption and total luminous flux compared to incandescent lamps.
The new requirements would enter into force 90 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.