LEDVANCE is showcasing its portfolio of lighting products that conform to recent changes in the RoHS directive. The legislation, which regulates the use of mercury in lighting products, was revised in spring 2022 by the UK/EU commission, impacting what products are permitted on the market for installations.
The use of mercury in lighting products was already prohibited in accordance with the RoHS directive. However, the directive had previously included exemptions for T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps with plug-in bases (CFLni), HPD lamps and special-purpose lamps (e.g. UV-C lamps). Now, these exemptions, defined in Annex III of the regulation, have been amended by the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. The industry can expect a ban on all CFLni lamps from February 2023, and a ban on all T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps from August 2023. The amendments to RoHS signify the end for all T5/T8 fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps with plug-in bases in general lighting, which will have a significant impact on customers who are currently using these products. Many types of halogen lamps are already banned, and this prohibition is also being progressively further extended. From September 2023 halogen pin lamps can also no longer be placed on the market.
Though the change is likely to cause anxiety for those in the lighting industry, LEDVANCE has chosen to present its portfolio in a way that simplifies the process for installers and wholesalers. The portfolio lists a product from the ban alongside a compliant alternative that can be substituted in its place. As LED products from LEDVANCE already greatly exceed the minimum requirements for lighting, this portfolio is thought to provide customers with innovative and future-proof solutions.
Commenting on the change, Nelo Neves, Managing Director for LEDVANCE UK and Ireland says, “As a market leader in lamps, luminaires and electronic components, we strongly believe that we have a duty to support our customers in changes to legislation. Our current portfolio list makes changing to a different technology as easy as possible. If installers or wholesalers have any questions about switching to LED alternatives, they can simply contact our specialists directly and we’ll be more than happy to offer tailored advice.”