Halogen and CFLs to be banned in Europe

Halogen and CFLs to be banned in Europe – don’t miss out on the opportunity to upgrade your lighting today to energy efficient LED – and start saving money tomorrow.

The Lux Review have published a comprehensive article on the DRAFT European regulations which will see the effective banning of both tungsten halogen and compact fluorescent as light sources by 2020.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest Ecodesign laws, an extract from the Lux Review article:

A minimum efficiency requirement of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources is set to come into force as part of a review of the Ecodesign laws.

As standard tungsten halogen lamps have an efficiency of around 25 lm/W while compact fluorescent lamps with ballasts can reach just 60 lm/W, both technologies will be outlawed by the new regulations.

The Ecodesign laws are commonly known as the ‘Bulb Ban’, the phasing out of inefficient light sources in the European Union. The laws have progressively banned incandescent sources in recent years and this coming September sees the phasing out of non-directional halogen bulbs, including candles, GLS, globe and golf ball shapes.

The removal of compact fluorescent lamps from the market is highly symbolic, as the light source came to represent environmentally-friendly lighting in the 1990s.

The draft of the new regulations also propose a return to the days of lighting fixtures with replaceable lamps. Under the current wording, luminaire makers will have make the light source removable and replaceable from the fitting by September 2020. It states that ‘manufacturers and importers shall ensure that light sources and separate control gears in scope of this Regulation can be readily removed without permanent mechanical damage by the end-user.


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