calendarAug 08 2022
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How long will fluorescent lamps be around?

We will soon have to say goodbye to our popular fluorescent lamps. They simply can no longer keep up with modern LED light sources in terms of operating time, consumption and ecological balance. As a result, in the new regulations 2019/2020 / EU & 2019/2015 / EU stipulated that most of the halogen lamps and compact fluorescent lamps currently still permitted will soon be phased out. Because after the Ecodesign Ordinance, the regulation to limit mercury now also applies - more precisely the EU Directive on the Limitation of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. RoHS – Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment). However, there will be a transition phase for the final abolition, during which the individual lamp types may no longer be put on the market after a fixed date. The individual key dates can be taken from the following figure:


Abolition of compact fluorescent lamps and krice-shaped fluorescent lamps T5.


Abolition of linear fluorescent lamps T5 and T8.


Abolition of high-voltage halogen lamps (G9) and Low-voltage halogen lamps (G4, GY6, 35)

special cases

Exceptions, which still remain.

Special Cases and Exceptions

Not all halogen and fluorescent lamps will be abolished with the new regulation. Exceptions to this are, for example, emergency and signal lighting, electronic displays, colored lamps, plants and insect lamps as well as stage and studio lighting. However, there are guidelines that still allow use:

    • Lamps under 60 lumens or over 82.000 lumens
    • Narrow-beam luminaires with a light emission degree of < 10°
    • Infrared light sources (except R7s in existing lengths)
    • UV radiator (>2mW/klm)
    • Special applications, e.g. in ovens from 300° or signalling

Which fluorescent lamps will no longer be available from us as of February 25.02.2023th, XNUMX?

Luminaires with compact fluorescent lamps can of course continue to be operated, provided that spare lamps are still available. Our Slimline SL 36  and SL 55 can still be ordered until autumn 2022. However, it should also be considered whether it would not make sense to make a new investment in LED workplace lights. Alternatively, a last purchase of TC-L compact fluorescent lamps in 2022 is recommended.

*Note: Fluorescent lamps should be replaced every 4-5 years!

Alternative LED lights

With reference to the new regulations and the increase in efficiency through LED lights, it definitely makes sense to think about a switch. Here are other advantages of a new and modern LED lighting:

    • Longer service life (up to 65.000 hours) and almost maintenance-free
    • No thermal stress in the direction of light emission
    • No color shifts when dimming
    • No UV and infrared components in the light spectrum
    • No unwanted hardening of plastics

Many of our customers are already successfully using LED lighting and benefit from significantly lower power consumption and even better light quality. However, there are clear differences in quality between the LED light sources, so we recommend that you choose selected LED lights that use the latest LED technology and seek advice. In addition, you can use our knowledge blog Learn more about LED lights to make the right decision. Otherwise we will be at your side to advise you by e-mail or telephone. Below you will find our LED bestsellers with the latest LED technology and the highest quality standard.

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