10 December 2019: The Ecodesign regulation, which was adopted on 1 October, is now published in the Official Journal of the Union.
This follows a lengthy industry campaign to safeguard the use of stage and studio lighting by passing several key exemptions. You can view the full document on the EUR-Lex website as well as download it in all official European languages.
14 January 2019: Further exemptions for the live performance, lighting design and film sector guarantee that vast majority of stage and studio lighting can continue to be used.
On 17 December 2018, Member States voted on the Commission proposal to revise Ecodesign regulations for lighting products also called “Single Lighting Regulation”.
The European Entertainment Ecodesign Coalition (a European-wide group of associations working in the entertainment, lighting design, live performance and film/TV sectors) welcomes the outcome of the Member State vote as our remaining concerns regarding stage and studio lighting were addressed by the expert group.
Because our sectors aim at providing the best quality and experiences for lighting design customers, audiences of live events and film spectators, the Coalition had introduced a number of amendments covering essential requirements for our businesses.
The European Commission had introduced a first technical exemption for the sector in July 2018, allowing around 80% of specific lamp types used in the live performance and film sector to be exempted from Ecodesign requirements:
After exchanging views and sharing some technical information with EU Member State experts, the text was revised a second time to include the following points:
- Stand-by power: Clarification to exempt networks used on stage from requirements on stand-by power
- White Light Sources for specific needs
- Colour tuneable light sources: Extension of the wave-length of Green
- The list of lamp bases: Additional sockets will benefit from an exemption
The mean reason for the above mentioned demands is the lack of replacement available on the market for technical equipment being used today, namely for certain special purpose lights used on stage.
With the additional exemptions voted in December 2018, the vast majority of light sources needed on stage, in specialized lighting design as well as in film studios can continue to be used.
The European Commission will publish a consolidated version of the text at the end of January 2019. The vote in European Parliament (scrutiny procedure) is scheduled for March 2019.
The Revised Ecodesign rules will be applicable to Member States as of September 2021.
NB: PLASA will be releasing guidance documents in due course.
27 November 2018
PLASA and the European Entertainment Ecodesign Coalition have produced two comprehensive documents outlining the current position including details of the four key issues that remain.
17 October 2018: The EU Commission has released a revised version of their proposed Ecodesign regulation…
They intend for these to be the final versions of these regulations and are available to read here:
This version is largely unchanged from the previous version (July 2018 – see summary below), with the exemptions covering many areas of entertainment lighting remaining in place. It now includes a new exemption for some fluorescent lamps used in the film industry.
There are still four areas we are trying to address, these are:
- Requirement for lighting fixtures to use less than 0.5W of power in standby mode (when not emitting light), which is not achievable for DMX-controlled lighting fixtures that have to respond immediately to cues.
- Inability of high-powered white LED sources to meet the efficiency requirements because of the combined impacts of the Auger effect, thermal effects and in-built optics. Many such sources are far from achieving the regulation limits.
- The definition of green used in colour-tuneable (additive colour mixing) fixtures, which is not set at the right point for the most efficient design of colour mixing systems.
- A number of specific lamp bases and white light sources for which exemptions were requested but not given. Particularly confusingly, some R7 lamps are exempted while others are not.
What happens next…
The regulations now enter a consultation period during which member states can comment on the regulations through their appropriate government body. In the UK this is the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who have been well briefed by our industry and are well aware of the issues.
Every EU country is being encouraged to connect with the ministry in their country responsible for this regulation, and made aware of the issues the regulations still present to entertainment lighting. The European Ecodesign Coalition, of which PLASA is a member, is also working to ensure our outstanding requests are addressed.
What you can do…
If you are a PLASA member outside of the UK, please identify the relevant contact in the ministry in your country concerned with this regulation and contact us. (email@example.com)
Whilst there are no guarantees that there will be success we do believe your support and contribution will be helpful.
- The Public Consultation closes 9 November 2018
- The Final Draft is agreed 17- 20 December 2018
- The Regulation is voted on by Member states Spring 2019 (where it will most likely pass)
- The Regulation comes into force 2021
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
10 September 2018: The EU Commission has released a second draft of their proposed Ecodesign regulation
Adam Bennette has provided a summary of what it could all mean which can be viewed via the link below. Please note – the purpose of this is to aid understanding and some of the lamps are still being debated.
The third draft will be published in the next few weeks with the law being published on December 4. During this time MEPs and government representatives can raise objections and ask questions.
The Ecodesign working group intend to publish guidelines to support MEPs who are not technically minded.
25 June 2018: Ecodesign industry task force ‘positive’ as EU submits revised draft
As the professional entertainment lighting industry continues to seek an exemption for specialist lighting from the European Union’s Ecodesign regulation, an industry task force has said the situation is “far more positive” and “greatly improved” following the latest round of talks with the EU. The EU Directorate-General for Energy has now passed a revised draft of the regulation, with its content expected to be revealed in a few weeks as it progresses through the committee stages of the process.
The Professional Entertainment Lighting Products Ecodesign task group – the body representing the industry during the public consultation – has confirmed there will be a ‘comprehensive’ list of exempted lamp base types, but some specialist lamps used for non-entertainment purposes may not be included. The industry task group comprises Adam Bennette (PLASA), Christian Allabauer (OETHG), Randell Greenlee (VPLT) & Silke Lalvani (PEARLE). It released the following statement:
“On 20 June 2018, the period of public consultation for the proposed Ecodesign regulation – that will affect lighting products of all types – expired. The EU DG Energy department has passed on a revised draft to the next stage of the legislative process. We expect to know its content within a few weeks as it progresses through the committee stages of the process of turning it into a law. Although much still remains to be known, the situation now is far more positive than many had feared and greatly improved since our public meetings earlier this year.
“Our petitioning team made a clear case for exemptions for our industry – including for stage, studio, film and live event purposes – and we have received strong indications that the main arguments of the case have been accepted. There will be a list of exempted lamp base types that will include many of the specialised tungsten and discharge lamps we use. We can expect the list to be comprehensive, but we should also expect that a few types we have been using will not be exempted if they are in use for other common non-entertainment purposes. There will be an exemption for colour tunable light sources, but the details have not yet been provided.
“The text of the regulation will be published publicly in November this year and is to be enacted in law in September 2020. More specific details will be available shortly, and these will be disseminated as soon as they are confirmed. There may be more work to do and more details to clarify but, until we see the revised draft, it would be prudent to remain calm and patient.”