Ecodesign status: Final regulation

Labelling status: Final regulation

244/2009 and 874/2012: Domestic lighting; incandescent, halogen, LED and compact fluorescent lamps

Last updated: 30 January 2020

New ecodesign and labelling requirements from September 2021. View more here.

On December 17, 2018, EU approved a new, stricter version of the ecodesign requirements taking effect on September 1, 2021, with the exception of some types of T8 fluorescent lamps that are exempt until September 1, 2023.

The new requirements include:

  • Increased requirements for the possibilities regarding reparations and recycling of different kinds of lighting.
  • Demands regarding flicker.
  • Clearer descriptions, making it easier to interpret the requirements.
  • New scale for energy labelling. The old scale from A+++ to G will be replaced with a new scale from A to G.
  • Requirements for product information to be uploaded in an EU product database: European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL).


Ecodesign regulation 244/2009 (amended by regulations 859/2009 and 2015/1428) sets minimum requirements for energy efficiency and functionality for lamps that are typically used in households (incandescent lamps, halogen lamps and compact fluorescent lamps). It includes mandatory requirements to indicate mercury content on CFL packaging and reference to a website with information of recycling.


Labelling regulation 874/2012 for electrical lamps and luminaires includes:

  • filament lamps
  • flourescent lamps
  • high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps
  • LED lamps and LED modules

Ecodesign requirements for luminaires, reflector lamps and LEDs are specified here (Lot 19, part II).

Date Process Key documents
2018-12-17 Regulation approved

Final review: Proposal of regulation for ecodesign requirements (pdf). 
Annexes (pdf).

Final review: Proposal of regulation for energy labelling (pdf). 
Annexes (pdf).


Regulation 2015/1428 (pdf) in force


Explanatory memorandum (pdf)

2014-05 Consultation Forum

WD (doc)

2013-08 Updated guidance documents

Lighting guide version 2 (pdf)
Questions and answers version 2 (pdf)

2013-05 Lighting guide published

Lighting guide (pdf)

Annex to M495 technical update (xls)

FAQ:s (pdf)

2012-07 Labelling requirements

Adopted Labelling regulation 874/2012 (pdf)

None Final amendment entered into force, with retroactive effect from Sept 1, 2009

Final amendment (pdf)

None Regulation enters into force

Final regulation 244/2009 (pdf)

None Study (reflector lamps, LEDs etc) Part 1, finalized

 Final report part 1 (zip)


eceee B Class Halogens eceee report