Everything you need to know about the new energy label

As of the 1st of September 2021 a completely new energy label for lamps has been introduced. The old label is therefore no longer applicable and this has brought several changes. We will briefly explain what exactly has been changed on the label for lamps.

New scale

The old energy label as we all know it had a scale from A++ to E, but this scale no longer suffices to classify the newest lamps. In the past, the scale was expanded to include A+ and A++, but the distinction in efficiency became less and less clear. In addition, the plus signs caused confusion for the consumer. In order to anticipate the ever decreasing consumption of light bulbs, the European Commission has drawn up new guidelines concerning the labelling.

The new scale runs from A to G. A is dark green and is obviously the most energy-efficient class. For G the opposite applies. This class is indicated by a red arrow and contains the least energy-efficient lamps. So gone are the pluses, which should make comparing lamps easier in the future.

Interpretation of the new scale

The new system is based on new testing methods and criteria. From this point of view, it is wrong to simply transfer the old classes to the new ones. In concrete terms, this means that a lamp with the old class A++ does not simply get an A in the new system. What's more, there are currently no lamps that will receive an A on the new label. Even classes B and C are still quite rare. The new classification leaves a lot of room for technological progress so that there will be no need for a revision of the label in the short term. Class A will therefore only be achieved in the future.

In general, you can assume that lamps with the old A++ class will be given a D or an E in the new system. Lamps that were A+ will drop to F or G. This does not mean that these lamps are suddenly less economical, the criteria are simply different and more stringent.

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Detailed information via QR code

A second change on the new energy label is the addition of a QR code at the bottom right. Manufacturers of LED modules and other lamps are required from September 1 to register all their products in a database called EPREL. By doing so, they must upload all information about their product so that a full technical data sheet can be drawn up about the product. Via this database, they can generate the QR code for their products that will then appear on the label.

Via the QR code the consumer is directed to a website managed by the European Union. On the page of the lamp of which you scan the QR-code with your smartphone, you get access to very specific information about the lamp in question. This allows you to compare two or more light sources in detail.


The new guidelines aim to make the label more accessible and clearer for the average consumer. The new labels make it easier to compare different light sources via the simplified classes. The information you obtain via the QR code is also more extensive, so that you cannot overlook anything and can make a better choice.

Moreover, the new label is a great improvement for the future. Manufacturers are stimulated to develop even more energy-efficient products, which will result in even better performing appliances in the years to come. This will not only benefit our energy consumption, but also our bank accounts.

Gradual transition

The changeover to the new energy label will not happen all at once. A transition period of 18 months has been established, until 1 March 2023. Until then, you can still find the old energy labels on the shelves. This is because it would take an unnecessarily long time to replace all existing packaging with new packaging. As 1 March 2023 approaches, you will see more and more new labels on the packaging of light bulbs.

So don't get caught out! If you want to compare two or more lamps, make sure you put the same label next to each other. If the lamps have different labels, look at the energy consumption expressed in kWh / 1000 hours. You will still find this value at the bottom of the label. It goes without saying that the higher that number is, the higher the energy consumption will be.

We summarise the 3 most important changes of the new label.

  1. The classes go from A to G. The plus signs are gone.
  2. At the bottom of the label you will find a QR code.
  3. Next to the letters ENERG at the top there is now a lightning bolt.
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