New ecodesign standards for non-directional household lamps
Note: This is our original regulation update text, published on 30 July 2009. Unlike the rest of our site, this archived material is not updated if the law changes.
UK-based importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of non-directional lamps
Took effect on
1 September 2009
From 1 September 2009, inefficient incandescent and conventional halogen lamps (bulbs) will be gradually phased out.
Inefficient non-clear (frosted/pearl) lamps
From this date, you will not be permitted to place these on the European market. Effectively, only lamps with an A-class rating - with exemptions for certain less-efficient lamps - will be permitted.
Inefficient clear lamps
These will be phased out progressively.
From 1 September 2009:
- clear incandescent lamps of 100 watts will not be permitted.
- lamps with an equivalent light output to 100 watts incandescent lamps or above will have to be at least C-class.
- 1 September 2011, clear incandescent lamps of 60 watts or above will not be permitted
- 1 September 2012, most remaining clear incandescent will not be permitted
From 1 September 2016, any permissible clear lamps will have to be at least C-class.
On 1 September 2009, new functionality requirements for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and non-CFLs and LED lamps lamps, will be introduced. These will cover, for example:
- start time
- lamp lifetime
- warm-up time
On 1 September 2013, these requirements will be superseded.
These functionality requirements are set out in full in Tables 4 and 5 of Annex II of EC Regulation No.244/2009.
Note that while the Regulation sets ultraviolet emissions for non-CFL lamps, there are plans for these to be withdrawn in September 2009.
Product information requirements
On 1 September 2010, new product information requirements for lamps will be introduced. Manufacturers will need to provide the relevant information:
- clearly displayed on the packaging
- on public free-access websites
The requirements are set out in full in sections 3.1 and 3.2 of Annex II of the EC Regulation but include, for example:
- power factor
- the rated wattage
- rated luminous flux
- Download Commission Regulation (EC) No.244/2009 from the Europa website (PDF, 94K) - Opens in a new window
- Download guidance notes on EU ecodesign legislation from the Defra website (PDF, 49K) - Opens in a new window
Full title of regulation
Commission Regulation (EC) No.244/2009 of 18 March 2009 implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
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