Custom Lighting in Victoria

What is the compliance requirements for Custom Lighting in Victoria?

Recently Bluelab and other local manufacturers have been pushed to supply unnecessary compliance certificates, namely “SAA”. The motivation behind the compliance could be confusion and ignorance although, many lighting suppliers believe it is a ploy to remove local manufacturers from specifications to supply cheaper imported products. SAA certificates are only necessary for portable luminaires under ESV.
Energy Safe Victoria require all manufacturers and lighting importers in Victoria to be a registered “Responsible Supplier”. Custom Lighting manufacturers must provide compliant components with test certificates. “Fixed luminaires” will be manufactured to EN 60598. Custom Lighting manufacturers will supply a certificate with component test report details and the product will be registered under the Responsible Supplier website.
The push on manufacturers to offer expensive, unnecessary compliance certificates will ultimately further effect our local luminaire designers and manufacturers. This market has dramatically reduced in Australia over the last 20 years. Australian lighting manufacturers flourished in the 1970’s and 1980’s with manufacturing giants such as Sun Lighting, RLM, Famco, Rymer Lighting etc. disappearing from the market place to be replaced with imported products. The loss of lighting manufacturers saw many component suppliers and sub-industries dwindle away similar to the car industry. Lighting assembly still exists, but the control over every item used to manufacture a luminaire has become extinct.
During the renaissance of lighting manufacturing in Australia, we saw high quality products being produced right here in Victoria. Lighting design was fluid, with the ability to work with numerous manufacturers locally.
The constant push for cheap building products has had a back lash in the last few years, the lighting industry has not been spared. Alternate lighting packages has seen the cow boy mentality of “a Light is a Light” – while this statement could almost be accepted with fluorescent lighting, LED luminaries are vastly different. Ignoring PCB manufacturers requirements will see luminaries light output diminish and or ultimately fail. The one year “on and off the project” install has seen buildings with major defects within 5 years of construction across our landscape.
Local quality testing labs are concerned with the “certified” products being imported with “quick” test reports. Luminaire test reports are not a quick process if they are conducted correctly. Quick test reports are being offered with a 48 hour turn around which leaves one to question the scrutiny the product is undergoing? What is being installed in our market with the guise of “compliance”?
It will take a major disaster like seen in the cladding industry to make our lighting industry self evaluate.