EU Lighting Directive

This EU Directive became effective on 1st September 2009 and prohibits the sale of certain traditional style energy intensive light bulbs. The measures are to be phased in over a number of years, summarised in the table below.

Whilst the directive is intended for domestic lighting it will have a significant effect on the lighting of commercial buildings also. The availability of older style lamps will reduce and the development of new technologies and lamps to meet the directive will greatly influence lighting design and maintenance of lighting installations in commercial buildings.

We recommend either converting existing lamp fittings or replacing with efficient high frequency or LED (light emitting diode) fittings. Details of suppliers we use can be found in our list of recommended suppliers.

On 1st September 2009 the sale of most frosted bulbs was banned together with lamps of 100W or more.

Timeline for phase out:

Date   Requirement    Lamp types prohibited from retail sale

1 Sept '09

 

 

Lamps rated at 100W or more must carry an energy rating of C or better. All others may carry E.

 

 

Clear incandescent and conventional halogen lamps rated at 100W or more; All frosted lamps excluding those with an energy rating of A (CFLs)

 

1 Sept '10

 

 

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 '11

 

 

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 '12

 

Lamps must carry an energy rating of C or better.

 

All clear incandescent and conventional halogens (unless rated B or C).

1 Sept '13/14

 

 

Review of requirements and regulations by EU Commission.

 

 

Increased requirement for technical specifications will be put in place.

 

1 Sept 16

 

 

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 permitted)

 

Not affected:

Fluorescent Tubes:

EU Regulations also cover fluorescent tubes to stop the manufacture of the least efficient, lowest performance tubes. The most significant effects are:

1st April 2010
Standard halophosphate tubes can no longer be manufactured in or imported to the EU after 1st April 2010. These will generally be replaced by a triphosphate tube - these have improved life, higher efficiency and improved colour rendering.

1st April 2012
The old style T12 (38mm diameter) tubes will be withdrawn. These are inefficient compared to T8 (25mm) or T5 (16mm) equivalents. Most T12 tubes can simply be replaced by their equivalent length T8 tube.