Sunday, September 4, 2011

Europe says goodbye to 60W incandescent lamps

60W bulbs are becoming something of the past in Europe, as they can no longer be manufactured in Europe or imported into the region. Nonetheless they still can be sold until stocks run out. It takes part to enforce the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC).

According to the regulation, clear lamps with wattage at 60W or above need to be at least of an energy label of C or above. (A being the highest, G being the lowest).

Standard incandescent bulbs are out of the market, but more efficient class C requirements, such as improved incandescent bulbs with halogen technology, can remain on the market. CFLs and LEDs are still developing.

Starting in September 2012 all clear lamps at all wattage levels will have to achieve at least class C, and since September 2009, all non-clear lamps(also known as pearl, or frosted)have to be of class A, that means for the time being that they have to bee CFLs.
Currently, the EU directive from the European Commission only focuses on non-directional lamps, as directionals will be covered in the upcoming Strategies in LightEurope conference in early October. Further information can be found on the website of the EC.

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