Lighting : February 2014 Lighting (v2-HR)
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It means they have to satisfy the requirement of eight – or, when you include New Zealand, nine – jurisdictions,” he says. “Here, we have a truly national scheme that will make it much harder for unsafe product to be placed, and to remain, on the market.” LEDS REMAIN THE HOT TOPIC FOR 2014 The EESS remains well-placed to provide support and safety guidelines for the tsunami of LEDs that continues to wash over the Australian market. Douglas nominates LEDs, and the ongoing international efforts to regulate their manufacture and supply, as the hot button issue for the international lighting sector throughout 2014. “The technology is still evolving – it’s not a mature technology by any means. There are still significant quality problems in some of the products on the market, and equally importantly, there are still false claims being made about the performance of many LEDs,” he says. A pressing issue is the huge proliferation of LEDs being manufactured around the world – China has over 10,000 manufacturers alone, according to Douglas, with some regional governments in that country heavily subsidising manufacturing costs in order to boost output. Korea, Japan and Taiwan also have hugely active manufacturing markets subsidised by their governments, all of which has created an unsustainably large supplier base that often has a focus on profit rather than quality. “Nearly all the manufacturers that are producing these products are not traditional lighting manufacturers,” Douglas says. “It’s a new technology, a very complex technology – it’s far more complex than traditional lighting technologies. You’ve got to get a lot of things right, and while some excellent product is now available, it’s not surprising that many don’t.” However, there is a proverbial LED at the end of the tunnel, thanks to both domestic and international efforts to develop a series of standards that will assist the orderly transition to LED technologies. The International Electrotechnology Commission and the International Standardisation Organisation, among others, are developing a series of international LED standards, with the active participation of Lighting Council Australia. “In fact there is now a proliferation of organisations attempting to produce LED standards, which is something of a concern to the Global Lighting Association,” Douglas says. “The Global Lighting Association, of which Lighting Council Australia is a member, is attempting to bring attention to this and see if we can get some rationalisation, because the last thing the global lighting industry wants is a proliferation of competing standards.” The current lack of international standards, the evolving nature of the technology and the rapid pace with which products enter and disappear from the market as manufacturing companies come, go and change direction, makes the development of effective standards a complex task. Douglas remains optimistic, however, that 2014 will see international efforts starting to bear fruit. In Australia and New Zealand, the performance of LEDs is set to be regulated by the Department of Industry and its state and territory colleagues in conjunction with the New Zealand Government. “Earlier last year, the Federal Government released a discussion paper. It was a draft at the time, but in the first quarter of 2014, I would expect to see something more formal in the way of a regulation impact statement for LEDs and other lighting products, which is the precursor to regulation,” Douglas says. In the meantime, until the EESS is rolled out and the standards and regulations have been formalised both in Australia and overseas, Douglas offers the same advice to lighting designers that is given the world over to those considering parting with their hard earned money: Caveat emptor – or, buyer beware. A pressing issue is the huge proliferation of LEDs being manufactured around the world – China has over 10,000 manufacturers alone, according to Douglas, with some regional governments in that country heavily subsidising manufacturing costs in order to boost output.
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