Australia and New Zealand finally published their own safety standard for self ballasted LED lamps, AS/NZS 62560:2014, modified from the IEC 62560:2011 with local variations.
Even though the IEC has already published this standard back in 2011, down here we have been a bit slow to introduce a similar standard. The result is that the market gets flooded by many sub-quality LED globes which simply do not meet the safety requirements, since there has been no regulation.
Self ballasted compact fluorescent lamp has been put under regulatory standard a long way back and is a Declared Article. It is hard to imagine that self ballasted LED lamps have been off the radar screen for so long. But anyway, it is better late than never.
Fluorescent lighting is not dead, yet. And that is particularly true with louvred fluorescent lights.
Louvres come in various types of finishes: specular, semi specular, mat, with the top ones commonly used as MIRO 4 and MIRO 5. A well designed and well constructed louvred troffer can have an LOR over 90%. And that's brilliant. What's more, the louvre just has its unique appeal, even its name!
Fluorescent lighting is probably coming to an end in the residential market, but in the commercial lighting market, it is not yet, particularly with the T5 fluorescent, which if of a high quality good make, delivers about 80-90lm/w with CRI>80 and life expectation of about 25,000 hours, not much behind a top quality T8 LED linear tube. Many of the cheap T8 linear LED tubes are simply not up to scratch, with much shorter than claimed life (in terms of lumen maintenance), substandard light output, and terrible colour rendering.
But there are surely some commercial linear fluorescent lighting that should start to see the end of the world. They are the lower end T5 and T8 trofffers, typically with K12 diffusers in particular.
So LED lighting is really taking the world with a storm. About twenty years ago, such could be said about compact fluorescent lamps, or CFL, or energy savers, or whatever else you want to call it. Within about 10 years of introduction of the mass produced CFL, many countries rolled regulations to discontinue the old incandescent lamps.
Selecting the right control gear is essential to the optimal performance of the light fittings, with the fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharging
(HID) lamps, and now the even more complicated LED lighting products.