LED certification became compulsory in February 2016.
1. LED Light Bulb Certification Objectives
The certification of LED lamps with integrated device The base is necessary to certify that the appliances meet the minimum requirements of performance, electrical safety and electromagnetic compatibility, besides:
- Contribute to the standardization of equipment available on the market;
- Ensure that the appliance does not cause interference in the electrical network;
- Ensure that there will be no risk of overheating;
Aiming at the welfare and safety of consumers, in addition confirm that their product is of high quality and reliable.
The certification of LED lamps is mandatory according to:
- Carrier INMETRO No. 144/2015
3. Key Dates
From this date, LED (residential) lamps must be manufactured and imported only in accordance with the approved and duly registered requirements in Inmetro.
From this date, LED lamps must be marketed on the domestic market by manufacturers and importers only in accordance with the requirements now approved and duly registered in Inmetro.
From this date, LED lamps should be marketed by wholesalers and retailers on the national market only in accordance with the requirements now approved and duly registered in Inmetro.
From this date, LED lamps should be marketed by wholesalers and retailers, registered as Micro and small companies – EPC, in the national market only in accordance with the requirements now approved and duly registered in Inmetro.
4. Characteristics of LED lamps that need certification
Certification is required for LED bulbs in the following model:
LED lamp with integrated control device to the base or body constituting a single, non-detachable part, being intended for an alternating current distribution network operation of 60 Hz, for nominal voltages of 127 V and/or 220 V, or voltage bands that Encompass the same or in direct current (DC or CC), with surge protection, power supply voltage up to 250 V, provided for domestic and similar use, having:
- Nominal power up to 60 W;
- Nominal voltage greater than 50 V and up to 250 V (CA) with lamp bases according to ABNT NBR IEC 62560:2013 (B15d, B22d, E11, E12, E14, E17, E27, G5, G9, G13, GU10, GZ10);
- Nominal voltage up to 50 V (CC or CA) with bases G4, GU4, GY4, GX 5.3, gu 5.3, g 6.35, GY6.35, G53, GU7, G5, G 5.3 and G13;
- Tubular LED lamp, also known as LED tube, with the built-in control device, replacing the tubular fluorescent lamps of dimensions according to NBR IEC 60081 and base G5, G13 or R17DC.
5. Features of LED bulbs that do not need certification
LED certification is not required for products with the following characteristics:
- Colored LED lamps with colored lenses that emit coloured light;
- RBG, which have colorful and decorative casings, and emit colourful light;
- LED lamps with built-in control device that intentionally produce coloured light;
- OLED (Organic Light emitting Diode).
6. Certification Models
Two certification models are applicable to LED bulbs, and the supplier/manufacturer’s choice to determine which will be used by OCP are:
- Model 5 – Type test, evaluation and approval of the manufacturer’s management systems, and monitoring through the manufacturer’s audits and testing in samples withdrawn in trade;
- Model 7 – Batch tests;
7. Certification steps
Model 5 The certification consists basically of four steps:
- Technical documentation;
- Audit in the manufacturing unit/sampling and handling of complaints;
8. Applicable tests
LED lamps shall be subjected to the following tests:
- Safety tests;
- Energy efficiency tests;
- Electromagnetic compatibility tests.
9. Duration of certification process
The certification process has an average duration of 6 months, and may vary according to some situations, such as delay in sending the documentation to OCP, or fail in any of the tests.
10. How long is my certificate valid?
The Certificate of conformity is valid for 3 (three) years, provided that maintenance is carried out every 12 months.
11. Product at the point of sale
LED lamps may be marketed only if they are clearly and visible to the consumer the National Energy Conservation label-Wax.