What’s watt? The EU rules and regulations surrounding lamps

Since 2009, a number of new EU regulations, known collectively as eco-design, have been introduced to improve the environmental impact of products. Central to these updates are lamps. From incandescent to halogen – what do these regulations mean? And which lamps are affected?


Incandescent lamps

In September 2009, frosted incandescent lamps were phased out, whilst 100W, 60W, 40W and 25W incandescent bulbs were gradually phased out – or made more efficient – between 2009 and 2012.


EU directive (1194/2012)

On September 1, 2016, under the EU directive (1194/2012), a ban on all mains voltage directional halogen reflector lamps given a D rating came into force. The most popular lamps affected by the directive are the high voltage reflector tungsten halogen lamps and those with GU10, E27 or E14 bases. The following OSRAM lamps are affected by the ruling:

  • HALOPAR 20/30/38
  • HALOPAR 16
  • DECOPIN
  • HALOGEN CLASSIC R50/R63/R80

EU directive (244/2009)

Non-directional halogen lamps are currently still permitted, but set to be phased out from 2018. This date is later than first planned, after EU directive 244/2009 was pushed back. This directive primarily affects G4, R7s and G9 halogen lamps, plus energy saver candle and classic halogen lamps.

Regulation EC 244/2009 defines the phase out of products according to maximum power consumption for a certain luminous flux, as well as the definition of minimum requirements for lifetime, lumen maintenance, number of switching cycles, ignition time, warm-up time, failure rate, UV radiation, power factor and color rendering.

Note: Special-purpose items such as fridge and oven lamps, halogen capsules and linear R7s bulbs are currently untouched by these bans, as they cannot be adequately replaced by other technologies.


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EU directive (245/2009)

The regulation EC 245/2009 (amended by EC 347/2010) outlines the successive phase out of products according to minimum requirements such as luminous efficacy and lamp lumen maintenance.

As of April 2015, all mercury vapor lamps (HQL), mercury hybrid lamps (HWL) and many sodium vapor lamps (NAV plug-in) are no longer allowed to be placed on the market in the European Union.


What next?

At LEDVANCE, a number of our lamps already fulfill the future requirements of EC 245/2009 and EC 1194/2012. Work is also in progress to enable these other lamps in our portfolio to comply with future requirements. One small part of our portfolio cannot be improved technically far enough to meet tmi the demands and consequently will be phased out with the coming into force of the respective regulations.

A list with future proof lamps and lamps to be phased out can be found here: https://www.ledvance.com/services-and-tools/services/erp/index.jsp