Stakeholder feedback on switchable wattage lighting under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.
Switchable wattage lighting products (product category 34) consultation 2020
Initial consultation paper9 October 2020
Consultation closed31 October
Further consultation paper18 December 2020
Consultation closeJanuary 31 2021
Changes to product approval requirements for lighting products with switchable wattage settings
We have received an increasing number of lighting products with switchable wattage settings for approval under the VEU program for installation under building-based lighting upgrade (activity 34). We identified several administrative risks associated with the installation of this type of product.
Initial consultation – 9 October 2020
We have a small number of products containing switchable wattage settings which have been approved and listed on the Register of Products. For these products, we proposed to end-date the product models with the lower wattage settings and to only maintain the product model with the highest wattage setting. We note that switchable products will still be able to be used in the VEU program, however, certificate claims would only be able to be made for the product based on its highest power setting. The consultation closed on 31 October 2020.
Further consultation on products with switchable wattage setting - 18 December 2020
Based upon feedback, we proposed a transition period which ends on 31 March 2021. This is effectively a six-month transition which should allow participants to install stock held and complete current work orders.
Also, following our October consultation, we identified' easily switchable' products (e.g., wattage settings can be switched outside of the factory) and 'not easily switchable' products (e.g. where wattage settings are finalised at the factory). We believed these products should be treated differently under the program.
Therefore, we sought stakeholder feedback on:
- our thinking on the definition of a product that is ‘not easily switchable’.
- evidence we require from an applicant to prove that the product meets the definition of ‘not easily switchable’.
- our proposed transition period (approximately six months from early October 2020 to end of March 2021)
The consultation closed on 31 January 2021. We are reviewing your feedback. We will be communicating the outcomes shortly.