EU Directive on Eco-Design


EU Directive on Eco-Design

What is Ecodesign?

Ecodesign can be understood as being environmentally friendly product design having the aim of reducing environmental impact caused throughout the entire product lifespan.


It is important for us to develop ecologically sophisticated products in order to contribute to the sustainable protection of resources. Quality products are created based on this philosophy that is characterised by a long lifespan and high energy efficiency.

LEDVANCE ensures that environmental impact is reduced, with a product life cycle based on sustainability, ranging from the product idea to recycling.

Modifications 2018

Product portfolio: Halogen lamps

The sixth stage of the ErP Regulation (EC) 244/2009 comes into force on September 1st, 2018, which prohibits the placing of certain ineffiient non-directional household lamps on the market.

Halogen ban

These halogen lamps are affected by the regulation

  • HALOLUX Ceram

Excluded from the EC Regulation are products for special purposes, such as oven lamps, because these cannot be adequately substituted by alternative technologies. Haloline lamps with R7s base and Halopin lamps with G9 bases are also not affected by the regulation.

Characteristics of affected lamps

  • The affected halogen lamps emit light all around.
  • Applications: especially general lighting, mood lighting and entrance lighting.
  • The bulbs of the lamps are made of glass.
  • Most of the affected lamps have an E27, E14 base.
  • The lamps require no transformer.

Modifications 2017

Product portfolio: High Intensity Discharge lamps

The third and so far last stage of regulation EC 245/2009 comes into force on April, 13th 2017 and the third and so far last stage of regulation EC 1194/2012 comes into force on September, 1st 2016.

So what is the effect on the HPD portfolio?

  • A multitude of our HPD lamps do already today fulfill the future requirements of the third stage.
  • For a further part of our portfolio work is in progress to enable these lamps to comply with the future requirements.
  • A smaller part of our portfolio cannot be improved technically far enough to meet the demands and consequently has to be phased out latest with coming into force of the respective regulations

Modifications 2016

Product portfolio: Halogen lamps

The European regulations setting ecodesign requirements for energy related products will continue to influence the lighting market in 2016 with the aim of banning inefficient products. As of September 1, 2016, the placing on the market of mains voltage directional halogen lamps will therefore be banned in accordance with the third implementing measure 1194/2012. The following table gives an overview of the affected OSRAM lamps and the corresponding LED-based alternatives.

The following OSRAM lamps are affected by this ruling

  • HALOPAR 20/30/38
  • HALOPAR 16

Modifications 2012 and 2015

Portfolio: HPD lamps range

These lamps are not provided anymore

With the second step of the EU directive 245/2009 (ErP), 347/2010 (ErP) as well as the terms of the EU directive 2011/65 (RoHS 2) coming into force on 13th April 2015, all mercury vapor lamps (HQL), mercury hybrid lamps (HWL) and many sodium vapor lamps (NAV plug-in) are no longer permitted to be placed on the market in the European Union.

Finding the best solution, together

Whether HQL, HWL or NAV plug-in: Obsolete high-pressure discharge lamps are found everywhere in urban public lighting and street lighting.

The optimal solution: LED upgrade for your luminaires

If you use HQL lamps a luminaire upgrade to LED is as easy as never before: Decide for the new PARATHOM HQL LED lamps, the ideal LED alternatives for applications where high luminous flux is required – and consequently for energy savings of up to 70% and maximum ease of maintenance.

Pragmatic solutions: System replacement

As an alternative for NAV plug-ins a system replacement is recommended to achieve a long term, efficient and economic solution: With new, modern OSRAM HCI or NAV Super lamps with dimmable electronic control gear. Replaceable equipment mounts facilitate the exchange process, and up to 55 % energy can be saved with a system change.

If HWL lamps are used, system replacement is not possible. In this case we recommend new luminaires - modern heritage or innovative LED luminaires - as the ideal solution.

Further information

Within the framework of Kyoto 1997 climate protection objectives, the EU defined a series of measures for the economical and sustainable use of resources. After prohibiting conventional fluorescent lamp ballasts in EU Directive 2000/55/EC, reducing hazardous materials content as part of EU Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS), and regulating the disposal of discarded electronic devices in EU Directive 2002/96/EG (WEEE), the EU issued a framework directive, EU Directive 2005/32/EC, to define requirements for acceptable environmental design (eco-design) of energy-using products (EuP). In November 2009, this directive was replaced with an updated framework directive, EU Directive 2009/125/EC, relating to the eco-design of energy-related products (ErP). This change did not affect implementing measures already issued.

These Implementing Measures for consumer-sector lamps (244/2009 Domestic Lighting, part 1) and fluorescent and high-pressure discharge lamps (245/2009 Professional Lighting) reflect EU climate targets set at the beginning of 2007 that extend to 2020. Also the implementing measure 1194/2012, which will be implemented in 3 stages from 2013 to 2016, for the first time ever comprises of minimum requirements for lamps providing directional light and LED lamps (incl. LED modules), in pursuit of climate targets. The core objective of these ambitious goals is to reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 20 % by 2020. In the professional lighting sector, reductions of just over 20 million metric tons of CO2 are being targeted and another 24 million metric tons in consumer lighting.

LEDVANCE contributions to environmental protection

Comprehensive environmental protection has long been a focus of business activities at LEDVANCE. From the economical use of resources to extensive programs for avoiding waste and hazardous materials to the development of energy-saving lamps and systems – from development and production to sales, disposal, and recycling.

Special cases that are not affected by the ban on incandescent lamps under the EU directive

The European Parliament has issued a directive regarding the eco-design of for non-directional household lamps. However, special-purpose lamps designed essentially for applications such as traffic signals, terrarium lighting and household appliances and clearly indicated as such on accompanying product information are not subject to these eco-design requirements.

Examples for special purposes

Petcare Aquariums
Disinfection Germicidal lamps
Display/Optic (< 12000 Lumen) Stage and studio lamps
Theatre lamps
TV lamps
Studio lamps
Photo lamps – for flash photography and the development of pictures
Projection lamps
Heating (infrared) Infrared heat lamps for comfort heating (outdoors and indoors)
Infrared heat lamps industrial applications
Infrared heat lamps for animal rearing
Infrared heat lamps for healthcare
Traffic/signaling Aircraft lighting – for runways and aircraft, all exterior applications
Train lighting, including signal lighting
Signal lamps
Automotive lighting/lamps
Household appliances Oven lamps
Fridge lamps
Other Mirror lamps

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