Plastic is cut by Sylvania as they embrace new regulations

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The new measures will drive higher energy efficiency, over 1-tonne annual reduction of plastic packaging and 25% decrease in supply chain carbon footprint.

New ground-breaking EU and U.K. legislation is on track to shake up the lighting industry. A ten-year European government review begins its implementation in a major move to improve product efficiency, protect the environment from plastic and boost sustainability for the benefit of consumers. Sylvania, a 100-year-old company with a heritage stretching back to the dawn of electric light, has a legacy of introducing energy-saving light sources, like LED Filament lamps and the first true retrofit LED GU10 with like-for-like dimensions and the same light output, compared to a 50W Halogen GU10. In complying with the new regulations Sylvania has triggered a comprehensive overhaul of its lamp products and packaging that is targeted to deliver clarity to customers and lower its environmental impact.

The new Single Lighting Regulations (SLR) and Energy Label Regulations (ELR) will come into effect on 1st September 2021, effectively combining relevant past rules and encompassing all available new lighting technologies. The legislation now simply classifies lighting products as ‘light sources’ (lamps, sealed-for life luminaires and modules) and ‘containing products’ (luminaires with replaceable light source or control gear), as opposed to ‘lamps’ and ‘luminaires’.

Therefore, the new energy label regulation which is applicable for light sources – now also applies to lamps, and each light source will be given a new energy rating between A and G. A = 210lm/W through to G = < 85 lm/W. This replaces the existing energy label A++ to E. Reclassifying all lamp efficiencies.

The SLR set new minimum requirements for lumen efficacy, lumen maintenance, survival factor, flicker and stroboscopic effect. This results in the upgrade of some existing LED lamp technologies and the phase-out of conventional lighting technologies that don’t meet the new requirements:

  • Halogen low voltage lamps GU4, GU5.3, G53 as of 1st September 2021
  • Halogen R7s > 2700lm as of 1st September 2021
  • Compact fluorescent lamps with integrated control gear (E27, E14, B22) as of 1st September 2021
  • Halogen G9, G4 and GY6.35 capsules as of 1st September 2023
  • T8 fluorescent lamps (600mm, 1200mm and 1500mm) as of 1st September 2023

The environment and sustainability are at the core of the new Single Lighting Regulations and Energy Label Regulations. Although many LED lamps will have improvements to their efficiency, the most visible change is the recalibration of the energy rating scale that is displayed on the packaging. In an important adjustment, regulators have adopted a new scale to allow for a wider scope of efficiency performance.

The current A++ classification will now score a mid-table ‘E’ within a revised A to G range. This will help the drive for even greater efficiency and integrate the principle of circular economy in product development.

Lighting products classified as ‘containing products’ now applies to most luminaires and will no longer require an energy label and are expected to have the features of replaceability and refurbishment, either by the end customer, a qualified electrician, or by the manufacturer where necessary.

The implementation of SLR and ELR has been welcomed by Sylvania, a major brand within worldwide lighting. Strategically the company has coordinated existing projects that target improvements in product efficiency and sustainability with the new legislation, to trigger an important pivot towards a greener future. In response to the new regulations and changes to the display of the energy rating scale, a major redesign of the company’s lamps product packaging was initiated reflecting feedback from both consumers and trade partners.

Major environmental benefits have been driven by a move to a paper and card packaging solution, which uses no plastic. Additionally, this has entailed a move to abandon ‘blister packs’ that were used extensively, especially throughout continental Europe. Ingenious design has delivered all the benefits of Sylvania’s existing packaging using 100% recyclable materials and this will generate an annual reduction of over 1-tonne of plastic, reducing our carbon footprint even more.

In keeping with the spirit of the new legislation to promote easy access to product information at the point of purchase, Sylvania has taken steps to make its LED lamp packaging more customer friendly. Colour temperature is displayed with an appropriate colour tab and a prominent ‘cap’ identifier is included to improve compatibility. Also, features like dimming functionality are clearly marked on the front of pack.

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