EU Directive on Lamps

by Steve on June 28, 2009

 

Inefficient Incandescent (GLS) Lamps to go

Over an eight year period the ‘old type GLS’ land inefficient lamps will disappear from the shelves of suppliers and their sale will be prohibited within the EU.

 

The EU directive begins in September 2009 with lamps of 80 Watts or higher, as well as all frosted (non-energy saving) lamps.

 

By 2012, most lamps of greater than 7 watts will be withdrawn from sale.

Special purpose incandescent lamps (e.g. those used in household appliances such as ovens or fridges, traffic lights, infrared lamps etc.) are meant to be exempt from the measure, as they cannot fulfil the efficiency requirements and most of the time there is no alternative lamp technology.

The table below shows when certain requirements will be enforced and also displays some examples of the types of lamps, commonly used in households that will be affected by the new requirements.

 Special thanks to QVS Discount Electrical Wholesale    http://www.qvsdirect.com/

Date Requirement Lamp types prohibited from retail (common in households)
1 Sept 2009 Lamps rated at 100w or more must carry an energy rating of C or better. All others may carry E. [1] Clear incandescent and conventional halogen lamps rated at 100w or more [2] All frosted lamps excluding those carrying an energy rating of A (CFLs)
1 Sept 2010 Lamps rated at 75w or more must carry an energy rating of C or better. Clear incandescent and conventional halogen lamps rated at 75W or more
1 Sept 2011 Lamps rated at 60w or more must carry an energy rating of C or better. Clear incandescent and conventional halogen lamps rated at 60w or more
1 Sept 2012 Lamps must carry an energy rating of C or better All clear incandescent and conventional halogens (Halogen lamps rated B & C still ok)
1 Sept 2013 Raising of quality requirements followed by a review
 
Raising of quality requirements followed by a review
 
1 Sept 2016 Lamps must carry an energy rating of B or better with 1 exception

All lamps carrying an energy rating of C except special cap halogens (C rating

 

Spotlamps and other directed or reflected lamps will not be regulated until a second directive is drawn up at the end of 2009.

 

Halogen lamps with special caps like G9 do not exist with energy classes better than C. They are needed on the market as there are luminaires that can only take such lamps. Therefore further improvements can only be achieved by imposing requirements on the luminaires themselves, which the Commission is planning to do in a measure currently under preparation and to be tabled in 2009.

 

Halogen dichroic spots & floods which are widely used in surface mounted and recessed lighting applications, have a higher light output for power used and therefore lamps with an energy rating of C or better will not be phased out.

 

 

Source information:

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