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EU Energy Ratings Explained

EU Energy Ratings Explained

What does the EU Energy Ratings label tell you?

When you need to choose lighting for your commercial or residential purposes, the Energy Ratings label can help you choose the right lighting solutions.


Where do you start when you want to save money on your energy bills? There is a nifty way to check how much energy a light bulb uses, thanks to the EU Energy Ratings system. It’s not a marketing trick to make lighting seem more efficient for the consumer, but a mandatory and reliable way to know how much energy is used by a product.


Choosing an energy efficient, money-saving light bulb


Choosing suitable lighting that is efficient and provides the right brightness can be confusing, but we’re here to simplify it for you. Here are the different things you should look for in a bulb, to find one that is bright enough and energy efficient (in no particular order)

 High EU Energy Rating

The EU Energy Ratings label shows how efficient a bulb is and how much energy it consumes annually. Ratings above B are considered to be energy efficient.  See our explanation below.

 Type of bulb (Halogen, CFL, LED)

Halogen bulbs won’t make a huge difference on your energy bills and are not considered to be energy efficient (although they do last longer than traditional, non-halogen incandescent bulbs). CFL and LED bulbs are a good choice, but not every bulb is created equal. There are brands that can sell low-quality bulbs with an increased chance of failing, burning out. LED bulbs are the most efficient and long lasting and usually score highest on the Energy Ratings label.

 Bulb fitting, bulb shape and function

Choose the right fitting for your bulb as well as the desired, suitable bulb shape. Check if the bulb is dimmable if you need this function for your space. Not all dimmers are compatible, so do make sure that your energy efficient light bulb will fit.

 Good range of Lumens (units used to measure brightness)

How bright does your bulb need to be? The Lumens output of your bulb can tell you exactly what to expect in terms of illumination. In addition, also check the Kelvin scale.

 Desired Kelvin scale  Kelvin - Wikipedia

Kelvin scale is used to indicate colour of light, such as a cool blue colour or warm white.

 Good range of CRI (colour rendering index) Color rendering index - Wikipedia

Picking a bulb with a good range of CRI (80 percent and higher) will accurately render colours in and around your home.

 Low kWh used annually (kilo Watts hours)

This can usually be found on the EU Energy Ratings Label, indicating how much energy is used.


European Union Energy Label: The label explained

You may have noticed that the most inefficient bulbs, the traditional incandescent bulbs, cannot be found in most shops anymore. This is because they have mostly been replaced with CFL and LED lights. But not all bulbs are created equal. In order to know if your Halogen, CFL or LED bulb is energy efficient, check the Energy Label. The label can usually be found on light bulb packaging.

The Energy Ratings Label indicates a few things:

  1. How energy efficient a bulb is (from A++ to E)
  2. How much energy a light bulb consumes in hours (longevity annual approximate)
  3. Using pictograms, you can find additional details about the bulb.

The rating depends on a few factors. Directional lamps and non-directional lamps can have different ratings, depending on the light output. The higher the rating (A++, A+, A) the more efficient your light bulb is.

The type of bulbs that score well are CFL and LED bulbs.


CFL Bulb Energy Rating:

CFL bulbs are normally rated as Energy Efficiency class A.  They last long, offer a variety of colours and render colour incredibly well. However, while CFL bulbs are energy efficient, one has to be careful when disposing the bulb or when they are broken, as they usually do contain mercury. (Our ECO Lights do not contain mercury). CFL bulbs are usually not dimmable either.


LED Bulb Energy Rating

LED bulbs are usually rated as Energy Efficiency class A and A+). They last significantly longer than other bulbs (20,000 hour life) and come in many different shapes and colours. LED bulbs do not get as hot as others (such as Halogen bulbs, which are inefficient and have a high temperature). Also, when it comes to lumen output of LED bulbs, there is a wide range you can choose from.

The EU Energy Efficiency Label helps you to find the right bulb and helps you to save a lot of money on your electric bills. You can have a look at our A+ rated light bulbs here.

To read more about the regulations of the European Union Energy Labels, and updates on lighting regulations, you can find more information on Lighting Europe