3 Feb 2017
Mexico Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards for LED Lamps
Mexico’s Ministry of Energy has amended the mandatory energy efficiency standards, test procedures, sampling, conformity assessment and labelling requirements for integrated LED lamps for general lighting purposes. Slated to enter into force on 17 April, the new standard (NOM-030-ENER-2016) will 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 will 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 AR111, BR, ER, MR, PAR and R bulb shapes will 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 will 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 will also be required to meet various other provisions and undergo certain test procedures, including a thermal shock resistance test and a switching test.
Moreover, Mexico is amending 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 will 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.
LED lamps certified in accordance with the previous standard (NOM-030-ENER-2012) prior to 17 April may be commercialised until all existing stocks are exhausted.