EUʼs ban of fluorescent lights & Benefits of TLEDs


    June 04, 2024


    The European Union’s RoHS1 directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, such as the use of mercury in lighting products. In addition, the SLR2 Ecodesign Regulation, in place since September 2021, phases out products that fail to meet efficiency requirements. Accordingly, some common lamps that will be banned this year include:


    • T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps.
    • CFL (Compact fluorescent lamps) PL-C, PL-S, PL-T, PL-L, PL-R, PL-Q
    • halogen capsules G9 / G4 / GY6.35

    Signify has developed many technologies to solve these technical issues and to improve light performance through tubular LEDs (TLEDs). Using TLEDs can drastically reduce maintenance and energy costs over a longer product lifetime while achieving similar, or even enhanced, lighting results compared to conventional products. Additionally, LED-based light sources can be more easily dimmed than fluorescent tubes and can be integrated into smart lighting systems.


    Further, if the installer does not switch off the fixture before inserting the TLED (known as hot-lamping), the installer may touch live pins at one end of the tube. This is possible because some TLEDS have a current path from one end to the other via the electronics. This was not the case with gas-filled fluorescent tubes that did not have a conductive path from one end cap to the other. To fix this problem, Signify has developed various TLED safety patents, an overview of which you can find on slide 24 of the EnabLED Licensing Program for LED Luminaires and Retrofit Bulbs presentation.

    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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