THE UK government is asking the industry and its customers if it wants the return of replaceable light sources in luminaires.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is inviting opinions on the adoption into UK statute of a draft European law which mandates that light sources and control gear must be interchangeable.
With the advent of LEDs over last two decades, the lighting industry has moved towards luminaires with integrated LED modules and electronics, which can’t be replaced when they fail. Instead, a whole new unit must be purchased.
The bill will force manufacturers to change their designs so that light sources and gear can be replaced by either the user or a qualified technician.
However, critics of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Requirements for Lighting Products have questioned the wisdom of building interchangeability into every new light fitting.
They say it adds components and embedded energy and that luminaires are replaced when spaces are refurbished, and not when the output of the LEDs has fallen to unacceptable levels.
This consultation – which closed on 27 January 2021 – asks for views on:
- the ecodesign and energy labelling proposals themselves
- the assessment of the costs and benefits of these regulations as well as the assessment of the impact of not regulating
- the intended timetables for reviewing the draft regulations after they come into force
It wants the opinions of manufacturers, importers, trade bodies, consumer groups and environmental organisations.
Following the consultation, the Government will consider whether revisions are needed to the draft regulations and will publish a final impact assessment alongside the final regulations.
Last week national authorities in EU countries voted on changes to the various requirements of the regulations.
LightingEurope says it is evaluating the results with its members’ expert group.
LightingEurope has published guidelines to help companies understand and apply the new complex rules to their products and to help market surveillance authorities enforce them.
The organisation – which represents manufacturers across the continent – has received preliminary information on the adopted amendments. They mainly relate to technical criteria for light sources, the phase-out or exemptions of some products and the definition of ‘containing products’, the new phrase for luminaires.
In more detail, they affect the stroboscopic effect requirements for LED mains lamps, stage lighting lamps, infrared heating lamps and rules applicable to luminaires.
The official publication of the updated EU regulations is expected in late spring 2021 and will become applicable on 1 September 2021.