LED lighting

On 28 April 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council Ministers (with Minister Megan Woods representing New Zealand) agreed to introduce minimum standards for LED lamps in Australia and New Zealand in line with European Union (EU) standards. In Australia there is also a phase out of halogen lighting products.

This does not affect current MEPS on linear fluorescent lamps and ballasts and compact fluorescent lamps, which must currently comply with MEPS. Further information on this can be found on our website via the link below.

 Products under the E3 Programme - Summary of products

On 27 May 2019, the New Zealand Cabinet approved the E3 policy proposal for introducing MEPS and labelling requirements for LED lamps. This proposal will come into force no earlier than 1 September 2021 and entails:

  • Introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) aligned with the EU standards for LED lamps outlined in the European Commission Ecodesign regulations published in February 2019
  • Adopt test parameters and performance requirements for LED lamps aligned with those that will be adopted in the EU. This will cover energy efficiency, lamp colour rendering, power factor and flicker
  • Require basic markings on the product and packaging of LED lamps (including lumens, colour temperature, and lifetime) to make consumer information consistent, and help consumers choose efficient lighting to replace inefficient lamps at low cost

The EU Regulations are expected to be finalized next month, after which the Standards AU/NZ committee will commence work. Additionally, E3 is working through registration system details and will update industry as this work progresses.

Following the above work, EECA will work with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Parliamentary Counsel Office to draft amendments to the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002.

More information

More information on this proposal and the consultation that occurred is available on the Energy Rating website.

Decision Regulation Impact Statement - Lighting - Energy Rating website

Updated policy proposals - Lighting - Energy Rating website

Consultation RIS - Lighting - Energy Rating website

Lighting - Energy Rating website

Thank you for your input to date, EECA will continue to keep stakeholders updated on the process.

To make an enquiry or be kept up to date on the progress of this proposal, contact regs@eeca.govt.nz.