29 March 2018
Mexico Sets New Energy Standards for Lamps, Considers New Labelling Requirements for Personal Care Products
Mexico has amended effective from 8 May 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 standard 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 action, 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, NOM028ENER2017 will 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 will be replaced with a single 60.00 lumen per watt requirement as of 1 January 2019. Lineal fluorescent lamps with a diameter of at least 15 millimetres will 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 will have to meet a minimum luminous efficiency standard ranging from 60 t0 90 lumens per watt. The new standard also includes sampling provisions, test methods, and marking and conformity assessment requirements.
Separately, Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 6 May on a proposal to amend the mandatory labelling and packaging requirements for domestically-produced and imported household cleaning products, including soaps, detergents, cleaners, bleaches, starches for external use, disinfectants, stain removers, deodorants and air fresheners. Among other things, the proposal would clarify certain provisions and allow the use of additional symbols for products containing poisonous or corrosive substances. If approved, household cleaning products would have to comply with the new labelling and packaging requirements three months from the date of issuance of a final regulation.