Out with the old and in the with new
'Old' 41 Charge codes
The old 41 Charge code system required an individual code per product. Historically this worked well for lamped products. Each lamp and control combination was given a specific charge code, completed by the lamp and gear manufacturers.
LED products had a charge code unique to the specific configuration of the product. Therefore measurements were needed for every number of LEDs at each available drive current and dimming level. This resulted in;
- Thousands of individual codes
- Thousands of product tests and measurements required
- Significant time and cost for all
A bit of a nightmare for manufacturers, but most importantly confusion for customers.
So what’s changing? Existing 41 codes will remain valid but no new ones will be published for LEDs.
'New' 42 Charge codes
Elexon have recently introduced a new system: new generic codes that start with the number ‘42’.
The new codes, specific for LED products, offer a simplified system covering wattages from 1W to 500W. Manufacturers will now be issued a code from the common 500 options available.