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Fluorescent Lighting Ban

Stephen Furness
July 12, 2023

The UK Government has announced its schedule for the phasing-out of fluorescent lamps containing mercury from the 1st September 2023.

The phased changes will initially see the ban of T8 lamps in sizes 2ft, 4ft and 5ft followed by a ban of T5, T8 (other sizes) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) on the 1st February, 2024, although stockists will be able to continuing sell any existing stock after these dates.

Why the ban?

Some of the changes are due to the Governments regulations: Ecodesign of energy-consuming products. These regulations are designed reduces environmental impact, improves their energy efficiency, and cuts greenhouse gas emissions on a range of electronic products including Air conditioners, Computers, Dishwashers and lighting products.

The other driving factor are changes to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (RoHS) which aim to reduce the amount of hazardous substances and chemicals in the environment and protect human and animal health.

Move to more efficient lighting

With the deadline for the fluorescent lighting ban fast approaching now is the time to look at changing your lighting. At Llumarlite we have a range of different lighting services and solutions available for all types of commercial properties.  Contact us to find out how we can help.

Dates for phase out

  • T8 Tubes (2 ft, 4 ft, 5 ft ) –  1st September 2023
  • T8 (other lengths) – 1st February 2024
  • T5 – 1st February 2024
  • T5/T8 Long-life (≥25,000h) – 1st February 2024
  • CFLni Non Integrated - 1st February 2024
  • CFLni Long life (< 30W,  20,000h) - 1st February 2024


For further information about the regulations, exemptions and dates follow the links to gov.uk below

RoHS exemption applications:

Regulations: ecodesign of energy-consuming products