Timeline - The step-by-step phase-out plan for household lighting.
2009 - 01.09.2009
- Clear lamps - Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps = 950 lm, Class E for other lamps (e.g. phase out GLS = 100W).
- Non-clear lamps - Minimum requirement Energy Class A for all lamps (at present some CFLi and LEDs).
- Requirements for new product information on the packaging.
- New technical specifications required for each technology.
2010 - 01.09.2010
- Clear lamps - Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps = 725 Im (e.g. phase out GLS = 75W).
2011 - 01.09.2011
- Clear lamps - Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps = 450 Im (e.g. phase out GLS = 60W).
2012 - 01.09.2012
- Clear lamps - Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps = 60 Im (e.g. phase out GLS = 7W).
2013 - 01.09.2013
- Increased requirements for technical specifications, defined in 2009.
- Phase out lamps with S14, S15 or S19 bases.
2014 - 01.09.2014
- Review of the regulations by the EU Commission 2016.
2016 - 01.09.2016
- Clear lamps - Minimum requirement Energy Class B for all lamps, except those with G9 and R7s bases (= phase out the current Class C halogen energy saver).
- Phase out lamps with E14/E27/B22d/B15d bases and voltages = 60V.
Note that plug-in lamps must correspond to Super/Plus HPS level; almost all plug-in/retrofit lamps will be banned.
Nore also that this information was correct as of December 2008.
Changes on product names and packaging:
In addition, the EU directive provides that the term 'energy-saving' may only be applied to products with the Energy Level A. In the future, packaging for energy-saving products is to provide information very simply on wattage, energy level, light colour etc. with the help of pictograms. The new directive will also lay down new minimum quality requirements for lamps - to the benefit of the consumer.
Right time for replace?
The new EU directive does not mean that incandescent lamps may no longer be used in the household. It solely regulates retail sales. Anyone still using incandescent lamps at home is not obliged to replace them from 1st September 2009 - even if this would be worthwhile. Energy-efficient products are initially more expensive to buy - but in most cases they will pay for themselves after about a year, because of their substantially lower energy costs.
Products replacing incandescent lamps:
Energy-saving halogen lamps save up to 30% energy, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs up to 80%. Because energy-efficient lamps achieve the same output of light as former incandescent lamps, using less electricity, users (and electrical contractors) should take note of the new wattages.
Remember that incandescent light bulbs are being phased-out - but not the light! Energy-saving lamps are available in various light colours. Halogen lamps produce one-to-one the same light as users are familiar with from their incandescent lamps. Because of the way they function, modern CFL energy-saving lamps emit a slightly different light compared with incandescent lamps. Therefore, when specifying or purchasing a lamp, be sure to look out for the message 'Light colour: warm white'.
OSRAM will offer a new warmer light colour for CFLs, called Warm Comfort Light.