Revised Ecodesign rules come into force
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
ecodesignThe regulations are now applicable to all EU member states
Europe - The Ecodesign regulations are now applicable to all EU member states after the rules came into force this September.
The new regulations include hard-fought exemptions for certain stage and studio lights - these are high-output and point-source (discharge) lights; high-power LEDs with high-colour rendering; high-power LEDs with adaptive colour temperature; specific scenic tungsten sources; high-power LEDs with gate (typically used in moving lights with white light source); colour-tuneable light sources (as used in RGB+ LED spotlights), plus an exemption from the standby power requirements for specialist entertainment lighting fixtures.
The revised regulations have been welcomed by the European Entertainment Ecodesign Coalition, the European-wide group of associations representing the entertainment, lighting design, live performance and film/TV sectors.
“Our coalition recognises the notable achievements made by the regulatory committee and the EU Commission to find workable solutions for our sectors in the context of Ecodesign,” says the body in a statement. “The majority of our concerns regarding stage and studio lighting were addressed and targeted exemptions allow the continued use of the vast majority of light sources needed on stage, in specialized lighting design as well as in film studios.”
The Coalition, which comprises Pearle, IALD, PLASA, VPLT, ALD, DTHG, OETHG, SLF, and STEPP, has vowed to continue to liaise with the EU Commission and the expert group on energy labelling and Ecodesign to provide input on sustainable solutions in the area of stage lighting.
“Our aim is to secure sustainable stage and studio lighting for the years to come to guarantee a professional, high-level entertainment lighting and provide the best quality and experiences for lighting design customers, audiences of live events as well as film spectators,” the statement concludes.

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