Since the beginning of this blog we have challenged that lack of standards for the domestic compact fluorescent lamps. Today IEC have published :
IEC 60969:2016 RLV
Self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps for general lighting services – Performance requirements
IEC 60969:2016 specifies performance requirements together with test methods and conditions required to show compliance of self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps intended for general lighting services. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1988, Amendment 1:1991 and Amendment 2:2000. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:
a) title change;
b) scope is now limited to compact fluorescent lamps, but expanded to cover all lamps of voltages greater than 50 V and all power ratings;
c) introduction of requirements for lamp equivalency claims, switching withstand, starting time;
d) low temperature, run up time, treatment of claims for different operating conditions;
e) enhanced assessment and compliance criteria especially for lifetime;
f) introduction in-rush test conditions and displacement factor.
It is just a shame that this class of lamp is likely to be banned itself in the new Single European Lighting Regulation. According to the draft published last year this could be as early as September 2018.
This really shows how slow the international lighting standards body are at delivering regulation. Something radical needs to happen for regulation to catch up with the speed of new products and developments in the high tech 21st century lighting industry!