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Lighting Council Australia Updates

03 Sep 2018

Reports of Non-Compliant Products

Three products have been reported to the NSW, WA and Victorian electrical safety regulators after Members notified Lighting Council Australia of electrically unsafe products. 

Members and the general public can report products online on the Lighting Council Australia website.                                         

LCA has developed a Compliance Policy and is developing an action plan to address the issue of non-compliant lighting products in the market.


Light Technical Bulletins

Lighting Council Australia recently published a Lighting Technical bulletin on the use of AS3820 Essential safety requirements for electrical equipment. It is important to note that this standard cannot be used to certify a product , products can only be certified against relevant product standards. 

Lighting Council Australia is currently developing a Light Technical guide to assist Members determine the risk level of a LED driver and whether a LED driver requires separate certification or not. 


Technical and Policy Updates

GEMS Registration Process
The Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy has been engaging with Lighting Council Australia on a combined registration system with the Electrical Regulatory Authorities' Council National Database. Lighting Council Australia has proposed this combined system so that LED lamps will be able to be registered at one place and at one time. Our response to the Department was based on practical considerations and included input from a considerable number of our Members. Thank you to Members for their input.

Flicker policy paper development
A draft flicker policy paper was discussed at the recent round of Sub-industry Group meetings. Members agreed a paper should include current research involving the causes and perception of flicker, the industry accepted terms, the consensus views of international developments, market claims of ‘flicker free' and information on the health effects of flicker. Further working group meetings of Lighting Council Australia Members will develop the policy before publication.

Application of recessed luminaire standards
The recent Solid State Lighting and Lamp Suppliers Sub-industry Group meeting received an update from New Zealand (NZ) electrical safety regulator, Mr Peter Morfee. Mr Morfee explained that his office had now joined with the government department responsible for workplace safe health and safety and that updating electrical safety regulations would now be more difficult to finalise in short timeframes. He also highlighted that New Zealand electrical safety regulations cite specific editions of standards. This combination of issues means that New Zealand electrical safety regulations are now delayed and that the latest recessed luminaire standard is not yet included in New Zealand regulations. Mr Morfee also explained that the product marking requirements for the Australian and NZ markets are now different and that the situation was not likely to be resolved for six months.  A CSIRO fire safety testing expert provided a presentation to Lighting Council Australia Members on testing procedure to determine an installed product's Fire Rating Level when tested to AS 1530.


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