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Switzerland Issues Energy Efficiency Requirements for Lamps


Adopted on November 1, 2017 by the The Swiss Federal Council, this Ordinance aims to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency of mass-produced equipment, vehicles, and installations.

Compliance deadlines for each specific product are introduced on a phased basis. From April 12, 2019, the ecodesign requirements have become applicable to fluorescent lamps and the transitional period has ended for non-compliant foregoing products.

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is responsible for monitoring non-compliance with established requirements.

Annex 1.10 of this Ordinance is related to the following lamps:

  • fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast

  • high-intensity discharge lamps

  • ballasts and luminaires able to operate such lamps

From April 12, 2019, lamps can be placed on the market if they comply with the requirements of the Annex III of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 245/2009 and if their energy efficiency index comply with the requirements of the Annex 3.1. of the Ordinance of November 1, 2017.

As regards to marking requirements, the energy label must comply with the Annexes I-IV and VI-VII Commission Regulation (EU) No 874/2012. The exception is EU emblems.

Labels example for electrical lamps Label example for luminaires

Links to the official documents:

Ordinance of November 1, 2017

Commission Regulation (EC) No 245/2009

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 874/2012

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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