a more demanding scale, QR codes and differentiate between SDR and HDR on TV

The energy efficiency labels they are one of the simplest and most immediate indicators of the future electricity expense of an appliance that consumers can know when they go to buy a new device in stores, both physical and virtual.

They allow you to observe at a glance the characteristics of basic electricity consumption as well as other parameters such as the Noise level in operation of the equipment. However, in recent years this ease of reading had been somewhat relegated by the progressive addition of “+” signs after the “A” value, the most common in modern appliances, which have been making it difficult to interpret the values.

This situation changes from today March 1, 2021 in the European Union, since new energy efficiency labels come into force for household appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and devices with electronic displays (lighting fixtures will change in September 2021), which forget the “+” at once and go back to a simple letter scale with colors enter here “A” in green representing the most efficient, and the “G” in red which will represent the least efficient devices.

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Therefore the classes disappear “A +”, “A ++” and “A +++”, which were created to encompass and be able to describe the most efficient products and which will now be replaced by values ​​of “B”, “C” y “D” respectively. This does not mean that the rating of the appliance has deteriorated, but rather that the new labeling is stricter and for the moment the “A” category is left empty pending new products that are more efficient than the current ones that will arrive in the next few years.

The labels also incorporate in their upper right corner a small QR code that we can consult from a mobile terminal to know additional information about the product in question before its purchase.

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TVs differentiate between SDR and HDR

Another of the novelties of the labels that come into force today is found in the television sector, which from now on must include a reference to average energy consumption both while they are running on conventional dynamic range (SDR) as while they do it in high dynamic range or HDR.

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This differentiation makes sense, since the variation in electricity consumption is directly proportional to the number of nits on the screen and can be remarkable, especially in the case of brighter LCD models and depending of course on the configuration mode in which we have the screen set.

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