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With no clear guidelines or confirmed dates, it’s little wonder so many businesses are either confused about - or just plain unaware - of the impending EU ban on halogen lamps. Yet taking the time to plan replacement programmes now can reap huge benefits in the future, says Geoff Coffin, Sales and Marketing Director at PLM.


Many businesses remain unaware of the


EU’s Energy Related Products (ERP) directive which requires manufacturers to produce more energy efficient, longer life and sustainable lighting products. The latest phase affects widely-used GU10 mains voltage and MR16 low voltage halogen lamps and is due to come into effect in September 2013. Bans on other halogen lamps including, AR111 and capsule lights are set to follow along with other lamp types, including Ceramic, SON and Fluorescent, in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.


The purpose of the legislation is to phase out inefficient lamps and control gear with energy efficient ones that increase light output and colour rendering performance. Confusion arises as a result of including a 10 per cent tolerance built into the reclassification of lamps, so whilst all will fail based on current results, all will pass when the 10 per cent factor is applied. And, with no clear guidelines or confirmed implementation dates, it is hard to understand exactly what the impact on businesses will be.


What is clear is, that by 2016, the majority of halogen lamps and light sources apart from those that are IRC, long life or energy efficient, will be banned and in


reality this may well be brought forward if any changes are applied in September 2013, April 2014 and a scheduled technical review in 2015. Rather than being an additional headache for businesses already facing tough trading conditions however, this legislation can actually help them to minimise costs by investing in energy efficient lighting. Lower wattage lamps with improved technology to maintain or improve light levels and new advances in LED luminaires all reduce energy consumption and, as a result, electricity bills. Indeed we typically expect to see a return on investment within 36 months of installation.


The ERP legislation affects a large number of lamps and control gear. Urgent thought and action is vital to prepare for the consequences well before production stops.


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PLM has produced a White Paper to help businesses understand the new legislation and the options available to them. It can be downloaded from http://www.plannedlighting.co.uk/ legislation-lighting.php


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