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Directional halogen lamp ban within ErPD regulations

05 September 2016

Clarification on the ban on directional (reflector) mains voltage halogen lamps has been provided by the Lighting Industry Association (LIA).

As from 1 September this year, lamps such as GU10, R63 and R50 and others of this type can no longer be placed on the market, it states, due to the latest update within the Energy-related Products Directive (ErPD).

However, existing stock is allowed to be sold, says the LIA, which also refers to "misinformation" previously published by the press.

It also refers to further incorrect information published which says that anyone using the banned lights would need to replace them.

The LIA highlights the rise in popularity of LEDs, following reductions in price and their ability to save users £3.64 per annum, according to Which, and lasting considerably longer than conventional luminaires.

While the ErPD does not ban 12 volt MR16 reflector lamps, the LIA states that these are required to last longer and have less failures, meaning poor quality productions will be removed from the market.

There will be further changes in the regulations covering shaped halogen lamps, such as GLS, candle and globe versions, but these will not be introduced until September 2018.

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