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India’s Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) for Electronic Products
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and India Department of Electronics and IT (DEITy) lately announced a number of changes to the India Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS). CRS was introduced by DeitY and BIS in 2012 covering 15 electronic and consumer products. Another 15 products were added to the scheme in 2014. Under this scheme the products have to be tested for safety as per the applicable IS standard and registered before launching them in the Indian market. Overseas Manufacturers should have a local representative responsible for placing the product in the market. Market Surveillance has been designed to ensure compliance.
Know the product categories covered and more details about testing and registration for CRS.
Energy-Efficient Lighting:
Facts on LEDs
. LEDs use much less electricity than other bulbs, have extremely long rated lives, produce very little heat, do not emit UV or infrared, contain no mercury, are resistant to shock and vibration, and can operate effectively in extremely cold environments.
. LEDs contain no mercury, and have a much lesser environmental impact than incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps.
. Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours— practical life of about 11 years—25 times that of traditional bulbs.
. Today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than incandescent lights (cuts energy use by more than 80%).
. Warm white LED (2,700 to 3,000K) is appropriate for most indoor residential applications; neutral white LED (3,500 to 4,000K) for commercial settings.
Building and Leveraging a Standards Ecosystem for India
LED technology is expected to contribute 57% of revenue in the lighting market by 2021. There is a need to fight against the mindset for adopting cheaper, non-standardized goods. Across sectors, industries are getting increased mandates to have stringent standards in place. The industry and government are jointly striving to create an environment conducive for certification and standardization. Indian goods need to achieve ‘zero defect’ to earn acceptance in the global market. Hence this integrated effort between the government and stakeholders.
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Emergency Lighting: Performance Expectations, Retrofit Implications and LEDs
An emergency lighting system consists of many different components and requires periodic testing and inspection to ensure that it is in good operating order. As lamp technology has evolved from incandescent to fluorescent, and more recently to LED technology, the potential energy savings have motivated many facilities to accelerate the replacement of older luminaires. However, because an emergency lighting system plays a key role in the safety of building occupants, changes to any component must be carefully evaluated to determine that the system itself is not compromised. This UL white paper provides an overview of issues and implications relating to the use of LED lighting technology in emergency lighting systems in public buildings.
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energy efficiency requirements in support of programs such as ENERGY STAR®, California Energy Commission, DesignLights Consortium, Lighting Facts, NRCan and Zhaga. Additionally, UL regularly conducts testing to IESNA LM-79, IESNA LM-80, IESNA LM-82 and fluorescent lamp ballast testing requirements.
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