The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018, with the sale of halogen bulbs for general household use in the UK banned from September 2021. Further fluorescent lamp bans are going to be introduced this year!
On Monday 30th January 2023, DEFRA finally published the Secretary of State’s determination for England, Scotland and Wales. As a result, all CFL lamps and fluorescent lamps will be phased out of production.
The following products cannot be manufactured or imported after the dates shown.
- T8 Fluorescent – September 1st 2023!
- Compact Fluorescent - February 1st 2024.
- T5 Fluorescent – February 24th 2024.
This ban is likely to affect the industrial/commercial industry as around 40% of all companies still use T8 fluorescent lamps! The eventual ban of all fluorescent lamps is likely to happen. Companies that haven’t made that move across to LED, really need to stop delaying the inevitable.
The sooner they switch to LED the better. Again, it is almost predictable as with everything at the moment, the price is bound to only increase, especially due to the demand increasing.
LED lighting is preferred for its energy efficiency and is a great substitute for fluorescent lights. Although more costly initially, their longer lifespan means they are cost-effective.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises that different activities require various levels of light, and urges employers to consider the following:
- The more detailed the task, the greater the light requirement.
- Studies have shown that giving workers in open-plan offices local control of lighting can increase job satisfaction.
- Directional sources of light can bounce off reflective surfaces such as display screens and cause glare. Using blinds, correcting the angle of the source of light and using glare filters can help control this, as can the use of up-lighting.
- Sudden contrasts in light levels (e.g. coming out of a well-lit area into a dark area or vice versa) can be a problem because it takes the eye several seconds to adapt to new lighting conditions. Changes in lighting levels should be made gradually where possible.
- Generally, lighting is designed when the workplace is empty and without consideration of the shadows cast by equipment. Pedestrian walkways in these areas should have specific lighting.
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