Set EU ban at 100 lm/W, says Tamlite

The minimum efficiency of a light fitting should be 100 lumens per Watt not 85 as proposed in the latest draft of European regulations, says Tamlite.

THE MINIMUM efficiency of a light fitting should be 100 lumens per Watt not 85 as proposed in the latest draft of European regulations, a leading UK manufacturer has claimed.

Tamlite, which sells over £60 million worth of luminaires annually, says the proposed update to Europe’s Ecodesign laws doesn’t go far enough.

‘We’ve proven that 100 lm/W can be achieved with luminaires, even without regulatory pressure, says Tamlite Lighting technical manager Stephen Biggs

The EU rules will see the effective banning of both tungsten halogen and compact fluorescent as light sources by 2020, as it brings in a minimum efficiency requirement of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources.

However, Stephen Biggs, technical manager of Tamlite Lighting, one of the UK’s largest privately owned lighting manufacturers, told Lux: ‘We welcome these measures driving higher efficiency requirements for luminaires but feel they don’t go far enough. Tamlite believes the regulations should be raised to 100 lumens per watt as a minimum.’

‘We’ve 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, Biggs said: ‘Tamlite…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.’

The Ecodesign laws – commonly known as the ‘Bulb Ban’ in the lighting industry – are designed to progressively phase out inefficient products in the European Union. The laws have progressively outlawed incandescent sources in recent years and this coming September sees the phasing out of non-directional halogen bulbs, including candles, GLS, globe and golf ball shapes.

The 85 lm/W minimum efficiency target has been met with horror in the theatre and live entertainment sector, which claims it is unworkable. It has launched a major media campaign to get itself exempted from the requirement.

The draft of the new regulations also propose a return to the days of lighting fixtures with replaceable lamps. Under the current wording, luminaire makers will have make the light source removable and replaceable from the fitting by September 2020.

It states that ‘manufacturers and importers shall ensure that light sources and separate control gears in scope of this Regulation can be readily removed without permanent mechanical damage by the end-user.


  • A detailed presentation on the proposals will be included in the Lighting Fixture Design 2018 conference, which takes place on Wednesday 20 June and Thursday 21 June 2018. Organised by Lux and LEDs Magazine, the event takes place at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. For more information and to reserve you place, click HERE.