Ban on incandescent lamps

Ban on incandescent lamps: Farewell to the incandescent lamp

The first stage of the EU regulation will take place on 1 September 2009, when manufacturers will no longer be allowed to market incandescent lamps with the following characteristics:

  •     halogen - and incandescent lamps of 80 watts and above
  •     which are below energy efficiency class C
  •     dull halogen and incandescent lamps, worse than energy efficiency class A
  •     energy-saving lamps, worse than energy efficiency class A

Further adjustment stages and the replacement of conventional incandescent lamps will take place annually:

1 September 2010 > halogen and incandescent lamps from 65 W, worse than energy efficiency class C
1 September 2011 > Halogen and incandescent lamps from 45 W, worse than energy efficiency class C
1 September 2012 > Halogen and incandescent lamps of 7 watts and above, worse than energy efficiency class C
1 September 2013 > Increase in quality requirements, criteria to be defined in 2009
1 September 2016 > Ban on all halogen and incandescent lamps, worse than energy efficiency class B.

High-pressure mercury vapour lamps have been banned since 1 January 2019. This is regulated by the EU Mercury Regulation 2017/852.

From 1 September 2021, compact fluorescent lamps with built-in ballast may no longer be placed on the market. A transitional arrangement until 1 September 2023 applies to T8 fluorescent tubes and particularly small halogen lamps.

From 1 September, there will also be a new scale for the energy consumption labels of light sources. This ranges from A to G.

From 1 September 2023, the ban on fluorescent lamps will also apply to T8 fluorescent tubes in the sizes 600, 1,200 and 1,500 millimetres.

At the same time, small halogen lamps with the bases G9, G4, GY6.35 will be sorted out of the retail assortments.

The EU directive also provides for additional labelling protection. This means that only products in energy class A may be labelled as "energy-saving".

Due to the ban on incandescent lamps, energy-saving LEDs will prevail over all other light sources in the future.