We say goodbye to light sources with a yield less than 20 lx/​W


The bulb can no longer pretend to be special lamp

According to the Commission Regulation (WE) No 2442009 of 18 March 2009, from 1 September 2009, stores in the EU can not order the traditional 100-​watt light bulbs. Since 1 September 2010, conventional light bulbs over 75 watts was withdrawn from the EU market, from 1 September 201160 watts, and a year later all lihgt bulbs with power up to 25 watts. Since 1 September 2012, all the traditional bulbs disappeared from the shelves, and their production was halted throughout the European Union.


The intention of the legislature in adopting these regulations was to increase the energy efficiency of products used for lighting. Hovewer, these provisions concerns only light sources for domestic use — due to imprecise wording in the regulations of the Commission, there remained the possibility for the marketing the ordinary tungsten bulbs as a “special lamps.” According to the regulations it should be marked as unsuitable for home use, which, however, could not guarantee that they cease to be used in such a capacity.

In February this year, there came into force the provisions of Commission Regulation (WE) 20151428 of 25 August 2015, designed to eliminate these practices. Thanks to the unified definition of “special lamps,” the producer/​importer has to prove the lamp placed on the market is a special lamp, basing on its technical parameters, therefore alone information that the lamp is not intended for home use has ceased to suffice.

It can therefore be concluded that in 2016 the era of tungsten bulbs in Europe came to an end.