Lighting products are essential to industry, infrastructure, and daily life. Figures from the China Association of Lighting Industry (CALI) indicate that the value of China’s lighting market reached RMB602.5 billion in 2020, up 0.4% year-on-year. Major products include light emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), electrodeless discharge lamps (EDLs) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).
CBP recently reclassified certain black- and white-corded light sets designed to resemble spider webs as other electric lamps rather than as lighting sets of a kind used for Christmas trees. CBP is also seeking input on the potential reclassification of certain unframed automotive side mirrors as rear-view mirrors for vehicles.
From 1 September 2021, lighting products have to be equipped with the new generation of EU energy labels. The A+++ to D scale present on current labels have to be replaced by an A to G scale and adapted to better inform consumers of the energy efficiency of such products. This change is expected to promote further reduction in energy consumption and encourage innovation in the field.
According to a report published in July 2021, the European Commission has been criticised by green campaigners for having delayed proposing a ban on fluorescent lamps for the last three years despite the fact that the legal conditions for a ban on such products have apparently already been met. It is reported that the delay is costing consumers millions of euros a day in higher energy bills.
The U.S. Department of Energy is either considering or moving forward with separate energy conservation rulemakings of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of lamps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, ceiling fan light kits, unfired hot water storage tanks, and commercial refrigerators, freezers and refrigerator-freezers.