New EU directive: Say goodbye to the light bulb

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The EU directive with requirements for energy using products shows the way of the future

The criterion of the guideline with requirements of energy-using products concentrate on the energy consumption during the entire product lifecycle. For the household lighting there already exists a phase-out scenario starting in 2009 to phase out less efficient light sources step by step. OSRAM already offers innovative efficient technologies and a wide range of energy-saving alternatives to
conventional lamps.


These products are replacing the traditional incandescent lamp

Energy-saving halogen lamps save up to 30 percent energy, compact fluorescent lamps and LED up to 80 percent. Because energy-efficient lamps achieve the same output of light as your former incandescent lamp, using less electricity, you should take note of the new wattages..

Timeline -The step by step phase-out plan for household lighting



  • Clear lamps: Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps ≥ 950 lm, Class E for other lamps (e.g. phase out
    GLS ≥ 100 W)
  • Non-clear lamps: Minimum requirement Energy Class A for all lamps (at present some CFLi and LEDs)
  • Requirements for new product information on the packaging
  • New technical specifications required for each technology



  • Clear lamps: Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps ≥ 725 Im (e.g. phase out GLS ≥ 75 W)



  • Clear lamps: Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps ≥ 450 Im (e.g. phase out GLS ≥ 60 W)



  • Clear lamps: Minimum requirement Energy Class C for lamps ≥ 60 Im (e.g. phase out GLS ≥ 7 W)



  • Increased requirements for technical specifications, defined in 2009
  • Phase out lamps with S14, S15 or S19 bases



  • Review of the regulations by the EU Commission



  • Clear lamps: Minimum requirement Energy Class B for all lamps except those with G9 and R7s bases (= phase out the current Class C HALOGEN ENERGY SAVER)
  • Phase out lamps with E14/E27/B22d/B15d bases and voltages ≤ 60 V


* through minimum efficiency requirements
** Plug-in lamps must correspond to Super/Plus HPS level; almost all plug-in/retrofit lamps will be banned
Information correct as of December 2008; data may differ from the final EU directive.

Definition of phase-out:

Phasing out means that the relevant product groups may no longer be placed on the
market in the European Union. This relates to initial marketing only.
Stocks at OEMs, wholesalers and end customers are not affected of course and
may continue to be sold and used as they are already on the market and the measures
do not relate to the use of the products.

Changes on product names and packaging

In addition the EU directive provides that the term “energy-saving" may only be applied to products with the Energy Level A. In the future, packaging for energy-saving products is to provide information very simply on wattage, energy level, light colour etc. with the help of pictograms. The new directive will also lay down new minimum quality requirements for lamps – to the benefit of the consumer.

Right time for replace?

The new EU directive does not mean that incandescent lamps may no longer be used in the household. It solely regulates retail sales. Anyone still using incandescent lamps at home is not obliged to replace them from 1 September 2009 – even if this would be worthwhile. Energy-efficient products are indeed initially more expensive to buy; however in most cases they already pay off after about a year, due to the substantially lower energy costs.

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