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For the second time in three years, the vacuum cleaner industry is tasked with meeting the requirements of new EU energy labelling which will see a reduction in the rated input power of vacuum cleaners.

Potentially this, and other requirements relating to the design and testing of vacuum cleaners, will have an impact on the performance and consequent user satisfaction relating to some machines.


Justin Binks, MD of SEBO UK

Now, the rated input power of vacuum cleaners has been reduced from 1600W to less than 900W. At the same time, the annual energy consumption must be less than 43 kWh/annum. Again this is a reduction, down from the 62 kWh/annum level that was set in 2014.

Further requirements relate to dust pick-up on carpets and hard floors, dust re-emission, sound power level, the operational motor lifetime and, if there is one, the durability of the hose. At the same time A+++, A++ and A+ energy bands have been introduced to the label while the poorly performing E, F and G bands are no longer shown.


SEBO's Felix Vogue vacuum cleaner

As with previous legislation, the most controversial element is how the tests are carried out to determine the relative performance of different vacuum cleaners. Unfortunately, these tests are unrealistic and do not represent real life cleaning situations.

In introducing the latest labelling, an opportunity has been missed to revise the testing protocols to ensure end-users have the true facts. Instead, purchasers of vacuum cleaners are being misled and are unable to make the informed buying decisions necessary for them to end up with the machines they need and want.

Most vacuum cleaners are used to collect fluff, hair and fibre but, bizarrely, the pick-up tests specify that a special type of sand is employed to represent debris. In addition, the test for hard floors requires that the machine be capable of removing dirt from a 3mm wide, 10mm deep crevice. Surprisingly, there is no requirement to actually clean the surface of the floor.

With this in mind, it is predictable that some manufacturers are designing vacuum cleaners that look good from a rating perspective but are hard to use and are poor at cleaning, since the head ‘sticks’ to the floor.

Seeking to make appliances more energy efficient is obviously a good thing but manufacturers should be allowed to use their design and manufacturing skills to produce versatile and effective machines that answer the needs of end-users in terms of performance, reliability and ease of use within prescribed levels of energy use.

To take the analogy of a car, emissions are regulated but there is nothing to say that it has to be able to go from 0 to 60 in so many seconds or be able to traverse a 30 degree slope that has an inch of ice on it. These factors are down to the manufacturer and are among the selling points that differentiate models and marques. Vacuum cleaners may not be as sexy as cars but it is still performance that counts.

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Now that's a shirt Justin !
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Now that's a shirt Justin !

70s styles are very fashionable now.  :icon_nod:

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I miss the 70s

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Crazy world.

astra satellite broadcasts over europe at 109watts, but the orbital running power is 7.8kw.

Typical terrestrial tv transmitter (tyne tees / bilsdale) for example carrier 26 - one of several carriers that contains the bbc channels and others = 100kw just for that one carrier - i think for full service it is just under half a million watts?
How many tv transmitters in uk ?

It's all a cesspit of nonsense and the eu managed to find a domestic victim.

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The Waltham transmitter is rated at 253,600 watts, Sutton Coalfield is 1,375,200 watts and thats just 2 of the transmitters in the Midlands :boggleeye:

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Rowridge on the Isle of Wight runs at 1,542,800 watts. There are approx 1182 TV transmitters in the British isles some are tiny low powered repeaters like the one in Mevagissey only 30 watts, or Brixham 12 watts. This doesn't include radio, emergency services, transport services etc and I'm not sure it includes Transposer's.

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And 1600 watts motor is a problem for them ?

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Considering the transmitters are on 24/7   :censored:

 

 

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