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Top end halogens will survive ban, says ELC

The European Lamp Companies Federation has moved to allay mounting fears in the industry that low-voltage halogen lamps will be phased out before suitable and cost-effective alternatives are ready.

The intention of the draft legislation, drawn up by the European Commission, is that the best performing lamps will survive the phase-out, says the Federation.
These top-performing so-called ‘enhanced’ halogen-based lamps –based on IRC and xenon technologies – will remain on the market if they meet tough energy targets.
They must have a life of at least 4,000 hours and not exceed a maximum Energy Efficiency Index of 0.95.
In a statement, the ELC said it ‘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.

‘The ELC 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.

‘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.’
However, the EC is coming under mounting pressure to issue a statement outlining the options in the format after 2013.
‘The draft legislation is flawed and urgently needs clarification,’ Kevan Shaw, a leading lighting designer and former PLDA sustainability director, told Lux magazine. ‘It‘s 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.’
Sources close to the Commission were emphasising that the legislation has an extensive consultative timetable before publication in the official journal. It will be reviewed by the World Trade Organisation for two months and then be overseen at a regulatory committee meeting.
A review in 2015 – partly to assess the developments in LED technology – will also take place.

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