Lighting Global Update to Standards and Performance Targets

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Lighting Global Update to Standards and Performance Targets

Lighting Global plans to update the Minimum Quality Standards and Recommended Performance Targets based on program experience and stakeholder input from across the value chain. It seeks to re-assess and strengthen the standards and performance targets for off-grid lighting solutions in order to keep up with market trends, and incorporate new findings, for example, on end-user preferences. Lighting Global therefore argues that for product performance targets to remain relevant, they must be reviewed upwards in line with technological developments and consumer expectations. Some of the proposed changes include brighter, longer light output, durable battery quality, and adoption of the EU RoHS Directive in batteries and light sources. The program also proposes increasing product warranties from the current six months to one year. To learn more about the proposed revisions and their implications for manufacturers and consumers, please refer here. GOGLA has collected the feedback of its members about the update and summarized it in an official statement submitted to Lighting Global. GOGLA generally accepts the proposed changes related to quality standards. With reference to the revision of the performance targets, the association supports all activities related to the “truth in advertising” concept in combination with powerful market surveillance. However, GOGLA believes that performance targets in general should not be standardized since they have to be tailored to individual markets, applications and performance levels. A fully comprising standardization would lead to enormous costs and complexity to the disadvantage of the industry and users. In addition, costs and duration of testing must be kept in an acceptable range and the necessary flexibility for changes in technology and market requirements must be guaranteed. GOGLA is committed to actively collaborate with Lighting Global program to find a good balance between quality and affordability for the end-user and for the industry.

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