Spot Lamps Improved – NOT Banned! Say the EU

Incorrect reports in the UK media have given the impression that the Commission will remove low-voltage halogen lamps from the UK market without provision for proper replacements. These reports will of course have caused undue concern to UK consumers and manufacturers and we therefore wish to clarify the issue.

Low voltage halogen reflector lamps (the halogen spotlights commonly used in household kitchens and bathrooms) are not banned in the draft Commission Regulation under the Ecodesign Directive, neither in 2013 nor in 2016.

In fact, the regulation seeks to make reflector lamps more efficient with long-term benefits for both the consumer and the environment. Existing reflector lamps formats can meet the requirements by simply changing their filling gas to xenon (an inert gas). The draft Regulation will not lead to any noticeable difference in terms of quality of light or lamp design for low voltage halogen reflector lamps.

The requirements have been developed through a public consultation process involving the lamp industry, lighting designers, consumer organisations and green NGOs. The European lighting industry and lighting designers are not “concerned” about the level or requirements for low voltage halogen lamps, on the contrary they have been involved in the consultation process and support it as it does not involve phasing out any of the currently prevailing halogen lamp types. It only improves the lamps’ energy efficiency.

How much electricity and money will consumers save?

By using an improved halogen reflector lamp, consumers will save 20 to 25% electricity (8-15 kWh / year / lamp), corresponding to a saving of up to £1.60 per year per lamp, even taking into account the purchase price of the lamps.  This means that in spite of a higher purchase price of the lamp, a significant decrease is to be expected for the consumers, thanks to the electricity savings.

How and when will the Regulation be adopted? Is there going to be further consultation?

The process still has many checks taking into account industry and national concerns. The Commission is currently completing an internal consultation process within its services. Following this, the World Trade Organisation will be consulted on the draft regulation, a committee of experts from the EU Member States governments will vote on it, and the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers from the Member States will have the ultimate opportunity to stop its adoption if they consider the draft regulation inappropriate. If the regulation passes all these procedures it could be adopted by the Commission in early autumn 2012.

ELC tries to allay fears over MR16 phase out

The European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) has released a statement trying to reassure the market that low voltage halogen lamps will not be phased out in 2016.

The statement, which refers to ‘recent media reporting regarding the phase out of MR16 low voltage halogen lamps’, was released in response to stories which have recently appeared in the lighting press.

“The European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) understands that quality halogen reflector lamps will remain on the market so there will be no visible change in the design and compatibility of these lamps. The ELC understands that it is the intention of the European Commission to phase out in a period between 2013 and 2016 only the least performing and least efficient low voltage halogen lamp types.”

Lighting posted the story after speaking to industry sources and seeing an explanatory note to the draft legislation which stated that: ‘poor conventional low voltage halogens’ would be phased out in 2013 and that ‘quality conventional low voltage halogens’ would be phased out in two stages between 2013 and 2014. Our article explained that ‘better performing versions’ of low voltage halogens, including those with infra-red coatings, would be included under the latter definition. The statement from the ELC now contends that this will not be the case, although figures close to the consultation process remain sceptical:

Kevan Shaw of KSLD, who has taken an active part in discussions about the phase out said: “Notwithstanding the ELC statement, the wording in the draft legislation is clear in the intent to remove all non IRC coated low voltage reflector lamps from the market in September 2013, along with many mains voltage incandescent reflector lamps. The new metric created in the legislation requires measurements of reflector lamps that are not available in catalogues and datasheets. It is impossible at this point to know what lamps may meet the requirements to remain in the market beyond September 2013. We urgently need the industry to provide the relevant data to answer this question.”

The statement from the ELC went on to explain that it is: “awaiting an official draft proposal of the legislation and recognizes that this is an on-going process. The ELC and its members remain committed to providing suitable choice and to maintaining high consumer satisfaction.”

It finished by saying: “As an industry we are confident that in the future there will remain an adequate choice of high quality, low voltage lamps to satisfy different consumer budgets and needs.”

BBC launches UK’s first industry guide to low energy lighting

The BBC has launched a guide to low energy lighting for television

The guide will help television productions cut carbon emissions and reduce energy bills.

The guide is sponsored by the Carbon Trust and produced in partnership with Arup. It will be available to all industry professionals as part of a BBC campaign – The Difference – to improve sustainability.

BBC has set itself the target of reducing energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2013. It believes using low energy lighting (LEL) is necessary to achieve its goal.

Other self-set targets as part of The Difference include: 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions due to transport, 25 per cent reduction in water used and 25 per cent reduction in waste to landfill.

Several BBC programmes have already introduced LEL. BBC Three’s Mongrels for example, has saved 40 per cent of its energy consumption.

The new set of Casualty will use 100 per cent LELs when it moves to Cardiff Bay. London studios and BBC buildings at MediaCityUK will also use LED fresnels for regional news programmes, sports coverage and BBC Breakfast.

The BBC believes that by sharing this guide everyone working in the industry can find out how to reduce the carbon footprint of their own productions.

Sally Debonnaire, BBC sustainability chair, said: ‘The new Low Energy Lighting Guide for TV productions will ensure the BBC is helping programme-makers across the industry to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Florence Lam, Arup’s global lighting design leader, said: ‘We’ve tested the performance of the latest low energy lighting kit in a studio environment. We tested their colour characteristics and lux levels under various beam angles. This information is what production design teams need.

‘We would encourage manufacturers and suppliers of LEL to provide better standardised information so better informed decisions can be made.’

MR16s to be banned in 2013

Low-voltage halogen lamps are set to be banned under draft legislation from the European commission.

Under Ecodesign legislation, ‘poor performing’ 12V MR16s will be phased out next year. Better performing versions, including those with infra-red coatings will follow by 2016.

The phase-out is part of the Ecodesign legislation which also put paid to the 60W incandescent lamp late last year.

The draft documentation for the publication will be published shortly but lighting designers and manufacturers are said to be concerned by the restrictions that will be imposed by the ban.

Havells-Sylvania Proves the Right Fit for All Saints

The new RefLED SA111 lamp from Havells-Sylvania has helped create an energy saving, low maintenance and high performance lighting scheme for the changing room area of the All Saints store at Westfield, London.

Supplied in warm white, the RefLED SA111 is designed to be a direct replacement for its halogen equivalent and features excellent thermal management making it the perfect LED replacement for retail applications.

Established in 1994, All Saints is a British brand which has over 70 stores in the UK and abroad. It was originally created as a menswear brand but in 1998 it moved into women’s wear. The brand also now includes children’s wear and some home furnishing products. The Westfield store has recently undergone a refurbishment which included a revamp for the changing areas.

iQ Lighting perform lighting maintenance for All Saints and a key consideration for the project was to create a scheme that could meet the exacting demands required for a changing area as well as save energy and reduce maintenance. The Sylvania RefLED SA111 stood out as the perfect choice as Brian Brooke of iQ Lighting relates:

“All Saints has always tended to use halogen lamps for its store lighting schemes but it wanted to try something different with the Westfield store. The company had heard the buzz around LEDs and was keen to try out the technology. By using the Sylvania RefLED SA111 All Saints has been able to get all the benefits of LED lamps without fundamentally changing its approach to lighting design. In fact, All Saints has had some great feedback already on the new scheme and are looking forward to many years of maintenance-free high-performance use. The payback period is going to be approximately 10 months which is very impressive.”

All Saints stores are all unique with individually crafted light fixtures. Working with Havells-Sylvania, the All Saints lighting designer was able to seamlessly integrate the RefLED SA111 into the bespoke fixture.  The RefLED SA111 has a patented aluminium spiral reflector design that delivers uniform light distribution. The lamp is energy efficient and has a long life of 25,000 hours equaling a short payback period. The energy saving potential in comparison with halogen equivalents makes the RefLED SA111 the perfect choice for all types of retrofit and new build project in retail, hospitality and corporate applications.

All Saints is also looking to trial Havells-Sylvania’s latest LED replacement product the Sylvania Hi-SPOT 7.5w RefLED ES50; the only direct replacement for the traditional 50w GU10 halogen lamp.

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Brighter Outdoor Lighting with Venture’s New CM-CITY

The latest addition to Venture Lighting’s Ceramic range is the compact, tubular CM-CITY lamp, designed to combine high performance and energy efficiency with low operating costs for outdoor lighting. Energy savings typically range from 30% to 70%, compared to other white light sources.

CM-CITY lamps deliver a warm white colour, improving colour rendering and improving visibility for motorists and pedestrians, as well as creating a brighter and more welcoming ambience.

Available in 45W, 60W, 90W and 140W version, CM-CITY lamps are available as a complete system using Venture’s advanced Ventronic ballasts for maximum efficiency, or they can be used with other manufacturers’ ballasts. They can be supplied with a choice of PGZ-12, E27 or E40 lamp bases.

In addition to the energy savings, the long life and low lumen depreciation of CM-CITY serves to reduce maintenance costs. In addition, their high performance enables wider spacing between columns to minimise the capital investment – all resulting in lower cost of ownership with a fast payback.