LED there be light!


    September 15, 2021


    The ban on halogen lamps announced by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has put LEDs into the spotlight.


    The good news, for our industry, is that LED lamps currently account for around 60% of all lamps sold in the UK and the ban announced will make LEDs the new normal for lighting. Thanks to this new regulation, this figure is set to grow to about 85% and should result in even bigger and better savings, as moving to LED lamps can result in significant savings for the end user from their energy bills.


    Our own data shows that a complete switch to LED lighting across the UK over five years would help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by equivalent to one of our four coal power plants, 636 thousand cars, or nearly half a million (496K) households.


    The ban announcement means that between now and September 2021, manufacturers can continue to put products that don’t meet the new standards on the market, but these must be sold by March 2023. This ban makes me particularly happy as I feel it’s a step in the right direction to not just respond to the climate urgency but also to help users control their energy bills to a greater extent. The change in regulation has also introduced a new energy label. This label provides comprehensive information on the energy consumption of lamps. What’s great about this is that customers now have full access to the necessary information they need to make an informed choice.


    We welcome the UK government’s next step in the transition towards more sustainable lighting products. Using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, as well as lowering the annual electricity bills for consumers.” 


    Nico van der Merwe

    Chief Executive Officer, Signify UK&I

    What is the change in regulation?


    As of 1st September 2021, for the EU and 1st October 2021 for the UK, there will be two updated regulations implemented, the Ecodesign Regulation, and the Energy Labelling Regulation. Both regulations have the goal of further expanding the lighting industry’s leadership in sustainability by delivering significant energy savings for lighting products and systems. The goal of the Ecodesign Regulation is that manufacturers of energy-using products (EuP) will, at the design stage, be obliged to reduce the energy consumption and other negative environmental impacts of products. This is done for better product sustainability and efficiency. Products that fail to meet the regulation requirements will be phased out.

    Halogen Sales
    From 1 September 2021, retailers in the UK will no longer sell most halogen lamps for general household use (retailers can continue to sell old stock till it is cleared). Also, sales of fluorescent lamps will be banned from September 2023.

    Energy labels


    To help make the switch, BEIS has also announced that from September, all lamps will feature new energy efficiency advice via ‘rescaled’ energy labels on their boxes. The labels will simplify the way energy efficiency is displayed on a new scale from A-G, doing away with the A+ and A++ ratings. The new labels will raise the bar for each class, meaning very few lamps will now be classified as A, therefore helping consumers choose the most energy-efficient lamps. Just as they have done so with household appliances, the government is rescaling the energy efficiency labels on lamps to make it harder for lamps to achieve an A-rating. 

    What this means for the industry


    From 1st September, relevant product characteristics will be needed in the newly documented EPREL2 database (European Product Database for Energy Labelling). It will be the manufacturer’s responsibility to upload their product information onto the database. If a product is not registered on the EPREL2 database, the product cannot be sold in the EU and will also not be CE marked. In addition, a QR code on the energy label, clearly displayed on the packaging of the product, will direct consumers to detailed product specifications within the EPREL database, which was not available prior. This QR code provides a user-friendly link.


    In the UK, a similar regulation will come into force on 1st October 2021 with a few small differences from that of the EU regulation. These include there being no requirement to use an EPREL style database as long as data is documented on a publicly accessible webpage, so the customer is still able to access all information and is able to make an informed choice. However, for the sake of simplicity, many manufacturers may choose to utilise the EPREL2 database.

    What this means for the end user


    The great news is that these measures are estimated to save customers £75 a year on energy bills. This is possible since LED lamps have a far longer lifetime and are far more energy efficient. An added advantage is that the stronger labelling across the board will enable customers to choose more energy efficient lamps and appliances by making better informed choices.



    I welcome this move from the government and feel this is a move in the right direction for progress in achieving net zero by 2050. A step to more sustainable lighting products, using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen, and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, driving down annual electricity bills for consumers and ensuring that only exceptional quality products can enter the market and consumers are provided with all information at the time of purchase.


    The changes and regulations will impact every manufacturer and are in line with sustainability goals that push for more efficient lighting practices and circular products, that are beneficial for the global economy and put human health and comfort first while also furthering the UK’s journey to reaching net zero.

    About the author:

    John Gorse

    John Gorse 

    Public & Government Affairs Lead, Signify UKI

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    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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