According to recent media reports, draft updates to Europe’s Ecodesign laws “will see the effective banning of both tungsten halogen and compact fluorescent as light sources by 2020.” A minimum efficiency requirement of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources is set to come into force in the latest review of Ecodesign laws.

Responding to this news Stephen Biggs, Technical Manager of Tamlite Lighting, one of the UK’s largest privately owned lighting manufacturers, comments: “We welcome these measures driving higher efficiency requirements for luminaires but feel they do not go far enough. Tamlite believes the regulations should be raised to 100 lumens per watt as a minimum.”

“We have proven that this can be achieved, even without regulatory pressure. Since 2017 all new products manufactured by Tamlite have an efficiency of 100 lumens per watt. This internal target was set despite the design limitations of certain products, like bollards, which can make achieving the target more difficult than other products, such as a continuous batten or high bay, where customers can expect an average of 150 lumens per watt across the range.”

Responding to the interpretation that the draft of the new regulations means a return to the days of lighting fixtures with replaceable lamps and which, if adopted will have major implications for how lights are made, Mr Biggs continued: “Tamlite has over 50 years’ manufacturing experience and believes that if customers are correctly advised on the best solution for their needs, rather than being limited by the product range of certain importers, there should be no need to manufacture ‘LEDIFIED’ luminaires or propose a major change to how luminaires and lamps are made.”

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