LED lighting industry standards will drive market reshuffle

LED lighting has gained great popularity in daily life, industrial lighting, road traffic and many other important fields. In addition, the state has also made a timetable to eliminate incandescent lamps, so LED lighting has a good opportunity for development. LED lighting price drops, the product quality have appeared in the uneven state, so the LED lighting standard has become the important factors for the development of industry, are set around the LED lighting specification, a number of mandatory lighting standards will since 2012 on the road, will eliminate inferior products is expected to accelerate the malignant competition, leading to the LED lighting market reshuffle effect.  

As LED lighting application is becoming more and more common and diverse, Taiwan “Ministry of Economic affairs” standard bureau in recent years to develop a number of LED lighting standards, following the footsteps of LED street light specification announced by the world, the end of 2010 and promulgated 3 common LED indoor light standards, including LEDT8 straight tube lamp, LED projection lamp and light steel frame lamp (including flat lamp), etc.The industry pointed out that although the relevant standards and specifications have been established, the installation of LED street lamps is expected to be expanded in 2012 after years of promotion. Due to the slow introduction of government and budgeting, it is estimated that the procurement plan will not be released until 2013-2014.  

Although the LED industry development in full swing, but due to the large regional climate differences, therefore industry standards have not yet entered the national standard project, dominated by the provinces respectively to promote regional standards of LED lighting, but according to points out, the National Development and Reform Commission recently launched by LED lighting technology specification, priorities for indoor LED tube light, expected after finalized in technical specifications,  In 2012, under the promotion of the 12th Five-Year Plan of the Mainland, the central government announced that the financial subsidy program for LED indoor lighting will be expanded.

As for LED lighting products imported into the EU must pass THE CE certification, and electromagnetic radiation may cause harm to the human body, the EU also announced in 2013, mandatory implementation of human electromagnetic radiation safety standards.

In October 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new version of the LM-80 specification for solid state lighting and lighting products. The industry noted that the lM-80 light decay test is expected to be mandatory from April 2012.  For Taiwan’s unproven LED packaging and grain plants, future entry into the US market may be hindered.

As the LM-80 requires 6,000 hours of testing and takes six to eight months to verify, some IN the LED industry believe that LED product specifications and technology change rapidly, after several months, the LED lighting verification standards may change, so the certification is still doubtful, but the Taiwan Institute of Technology said,  Lm-80 is regarded as the entrance ticket to enter the U.S. market, manufacturers must issue the LM-80 (LED lumen maintenance rate) test report certificate, to obtain the Energy Star label, at present, the North American Lighting Engineering Society (IES) has also set the LM-80 light attenuation testing standard, not only for LED application products to measure the standard,  Also to provide quality assurance for consumers, will become a global common testing standard.

Post time: Nov-30-2021