The proposed UK legislation which applies from 1st September is expected to have a one month transition allowance.
The following lamps cannot be placed on the market after 1st October 2021:
The following lamps cannot be placed on the market after 1st September 2023:
Note: there are several exemptions in the regulations for specialist lamps and applications.
Lighting fixtures/fittings (luminaires) with non-replaceable/fixed lamps are not banned but this type of design is being discouraged in the future with a technical justification being required for these designs.
The following errors in the Government press release are those leading to the confusion:
Halogen light bulbs to be banned from this September – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit
This suggests that all halogen lamps are banned from this September- this is not the case, some will continue until 2023. Those lamps that are banned from September 1st may still be available for sale if they were first placed on the market before that date.
Legislation being brought forward this month will also include the removal of fluorescent lights from shelves from September 2023.
This is also not the case, only some lengths of T8 fluorescent lamps will be banned from September 2023, other types of fluorescent lamps will still be available.
The new legislation would mean retailers will no longer be able to sell the majority of halogen bulbs for general household use in the UK from 1 September.
This is incorrect, retailers will be able to sell through existing stocks and any products placed on the market before 1st September may also be sold. Some types will continue to be allowed after 1st September (as above).