New legislation in Taiwan means that LEDs now must be more efficient at a minimum of 70 lumens per Watt (lm/w).

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced the new legislation where warm-white LED light bulbs must have a minimum of 70lm/W  and cool-white a minimum of 75 lm/W. This is to encourage the purchasing of good quality lighting products.

Lighting in Taiwan accounted for 10.9% of the country’s total power consumption in 2013 according to MOEA’s Bureau of Energy.

The Global Lighting Association (GLA) are also behind the new legislation. GLA representative, Michael NG, said:

From the GLA’s position, we globally support one minimum level of performance for lighting products, just like what is announced by Taiwan’s MOEA Bureau of Energy. This is very different from just an energy labelling scheme. In general this serves the purposes of ensuring safe and quality products for the consumers, maintaining interoperability and competition on performance.

Head of global lighting applications at  Thorn Lighting, Iain Mcrae, said:

Whether [the legislation] will catch on on a global scale is a difficult one. We see general disquiet over the use of high CCT in the outdoors in many countries. Generally it’s not liked, but that may be a more historic thing. Previously such cold colours were simply not available. In some countries there is generally a wider acceptance of colder colours, less so in Europe.

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