Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Enec+ Lighting Performance Mark

Enec+ is a European wide lighting performance certification for both traditional and LED luminaires. Products emblazoned with the Enec+ will be fully traceable through the online database. The Enec+ online database lists all certified products; these can be searched for using product codes, descriptions, and characteristics.

Enec+ is based on the Enec mark which has been in existence for over 20 years. Enec is a pan European mark of quality and safety. LightingEurope predict that the complimentary Enec+ mark will provide an objective basis for fair comparison of the initial performance of LED based luminaires. The Enec+ scheme is voluntary and only Enec-safety certified products are eligible for the Enec+ mark.

The Enec+ scheme is based on an evolution model and consequently allows room for technological and legislative advancements. At present the scheme covers LED’s performance in terms of their stated lifetime, market demand and technological progress. In the future the scheme may be expanded to include a number of other aspects including eco-design and over-time performance.

The European Electrical Products Certification Association (EEPCA) collaborated with LightingEurope to create Enec+. It is hoped that the Enec+ mark will validate manufacturer’s claims regarding the long term benefits and performance of new LED and existing traditional lighting technology.

It is hoped that the mark will significantly reduce costs for manufacturers as there is no need for repeated product tests against varying qualification rules included in most calls for tender.