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environmental impacts of products. This is done for better product sustainability and efficiency. Products that fail to meet the regulation requirements will be phased out. At Signify, we welcome this move from

the government and feel this is a step in the right direction for progress in achieving net-zero by 2050. Indeed, our CEO Stephen Rouatt said: “We welcome the UK Government’s next step in the transition towards more sustainable lighting products. Using energy- efficient LED equivalents for halogen, and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, as well as lowering the annual electricity bills for consumers.”

Halogen sales From 1 September 2021, retailers in the UK will no longer sell most halogen lamps for general household use, although retailers can continue to sell old stock till it is cleared. Under legislation brought forward recently, sales of fluorescent lamps will also be banned from September 2023.

LED use is set to grow after halogen ban

Currently, around two-thirds of lamps sold in Britain are LED and that makes a considerable impact in improving the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings.

Energy labels To help make the switch, BEIS has also announced that from September, all lamps will feature new energy efficiency advice via ‘rescaled’ energy labels on their boxes.

The labels will simplify the way energy efficiency is displayed on a new scale from A-G, doing away with the A+ and A++ ratings. The new labels will raise the bar for each class, meaning very few lamps will now be classified as A, therefore helping consumers choose the most energy-efficient lamps. Just as they have already done with household appliances, the government is rescaling the energy efficiency labels on lamps to make it harder for lamps to achieve an A-rating. This will empower buyers to make the right choices driven by clearer information.

What this means for the industry From 1 September, relevant product characteristics will be needed in the newly documented EPREL2 database (European Product Database for Energy Labelling). It will be the manufacturer’s responsibility to upload their product information onto the database. If a product is not registered on the EPREL2 database, the product cannot be sold in the EU and will also not be CE marked. In addition, a QR code on the energy label, clearly displayed on the packaging


2012-2020 label Class lm/W A++ A+ A B C D E

120 55 50 15 12 9 0

Te revised scale raises the bar for each energy class

of the product, will direct consumers to detailed product specifications within the EPREL database, which was not available prior. This QR code provides a user-friendly link.

The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for lighting products also take into account the impact on human safety and comfort. In line with this, manufacturers will also need to update EPREL 2 on the stroboscopic visibility measures and flicker (Pst LM). These need to be in line with harmonised standards (SVM <0.9 from 1 September 2021, SVM < 0.4 from 1 September 2023) as flicker can cause visual discomfort and in extreme cases, can also cause migraines and even epileptic seizures.

What this means for the UK For the UK, a similar regulation will come into force on 1 October, with


anticipated sales under new regulation

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Class lm/W A B C D E F G

210 185 160 135 110 85 0

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