April 2016 Legal Updates



Monthly Legislation Update

Recently, Green Element have been asked a number of questions regarding lighting and any legal limitations they have when fitting and replacing new lamps. So it made sense this month to cover recent changes in the EU Lighting Directive.

Under the Directive a phase out schedule was set out back in 2009 to gradually remove incandescent bulbs, including halogens, from the market. The legislation imposes restrictions on the sale of lamps, not the purchase of them. So if you currently have incandescents installed, don’t worry, you’re not breaking the law, but you may struggle to find replacements in the future. If you have been regularly replacing incandescents, you might have come across bulbs labelled as ‘special purpose’ which made the sale of normal incandescents completely legal.

This loophole was closed as of 27th February 2016 with a series of new amendments to the Directive, which effectively redefined the label. This did however follow some breathing space given last year with the extension for the ban of non-directional mains-voltage halogen lamps (mainly the pear-shaped ones) by two years to 1st September 2018. This was due to concerns over suitable, affordable LED technology. It will not affect directional halogen lamps, such as popular spotlights and halogen lamps often used in desk lamps and flood lights. But if you have a lighting refurbishment planned its certainly worth avoiding replacement problems in the future, and go efficient.

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