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The fluorescent tube goes out!

New light from Brussels

With effect from 1 September 2021, the regulations 
(EC) no.244/2009,  
(EC) no.245/2009 and 
(EU) no. 1194/2012 will be repealed. 
They will be replaced by a single regulation, the so-called "Single Lighting Regulation" (SLR). 
Download the regulation here

Phasing out

The most striking measure is the phasing out of obsolete fluorescent lamps, such as T2, T8 and T12 (popularly known as TL tubes). Also notable is the phasing out of halogen lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (popularly known as low-energy lamps). These lighting sources must be replaced because they are not energy-efficient and because there are sufficient energy-efficient alternatives on the market. With this measure, the commission aims to save almost 42 TWh in 2030. 

Products that do not meet the new requirements may therefore no longer be manufactured. As a result of this regulation, existing lighting products will be replaced by energy-efficient alternatives, such as LED lighting.

As of September 1, 2021, T12 fluorescent lamps ( TL-X/M/RS 38 mm) will be phased out. The range of these "thick" tubes has already been greatly reduced in recent years and is now finite. 

As of 1 September 2023, it will be the turn of products such as T8 fluorescent lamps. These will also be phased out. These are the most commonly used light sources in offices, production environments and warehouses, but also in shops and the hospitality industry. When replacing light sources or renovating lighting installations after this date, new energy-efficient alternatives will therefore have to be used.

Not all fluorescent lamps will be banned by this new regulation. T5 fluorescent lamps (16 mm fluorescent lamps) will remain permitted for the time being, as long as the efficiency criterion can be met. 

Other functional requirements as well

The SLR imposes besides energy efficiency also other functional requirements. Think of the standby power of ballasts. Or TLA: Temporal Light Artefacts, such as the Pst (measurand for flicker) and SVM (measurand for stroboscopy) of light sources.

Suppliers of products

Manufacturers, importers etc. of these products will indicate which products will disappear from their portfolio because of this regulation. They will also indicate the alternatives.In addition, the Single Lighting Regulation requires manufacturers, importers etc. of the products concerned to provide information on the replaceability or non-replaceability of light sources and ballasts. They must also indicate whether replacements should be carried out by qualified persons or whether end-users may carry out replacements themselves. 

What it means for you

Would you like to know what these regulations mean in your specific situation? Let us carry out the "itsme-Factory-Scan". Do not hesitate to contact the itsme specialist. 

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