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Amendments to the RoHS directive 2011/65/EU

Fluorescent lamp

Is it lights out for your business?

Although mercury can be considered as one of the most dangerous environmental pollutants, the RoHS Directive has previously allowed some exemptions for the use of mercury in certain light sources. The EU commission revised these exemptions outlined in Annex III of the Directive earlier this year, making some amendments to the use of mercury in lamps.


The amendments:

  • 25th Feb 2023 | Ban on all CFLni lamps
  • 25th Aug 2023 | Ban on all T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps


What is the RoHS Directive?

The RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous substances) Directive purpose is exactly what is says on the tin – it regulates the use of hazardous substances in Europe. More specifically, The RoHS Directive ‘aims to prevent the risks posed to human health and the environment related to the management of electronic and electrical waste.”

Future proof your business with LEDs

From the above dates, CFLni and T5 and T8 lamps will no longer be placed on the market in Europe. This means that if your current lighting system uses these type of mercury lamps, you will no longer be able to get replacement bulbs.

Luckily these lamps are replaceable with energy efficient LED alternatives. Our GlenFarrow engineers are able to design, supply and install LED lighting systems to commercial buildings – helping you to reduce your energy bills and comply with the upcoming exemptions.


Benefits of a LED lighting system:

High efficiency and savings

LED’s generally consume very low amounts of power, making them highly efficient and a great way of keeping your energy costs low.

Improved safety

LED bulbs emit less heat than regular bulbs. As they consume less power, they can operate on low voltage electrical systems.

Design flexibility

LED’s are very small in size, making them extremely adaptable for many lighting applications.


The dimming capability of LED’s allows the bulbs to operate at any percentage of their rated power.

Ability to operate in cold conditions

LED’s perform better in colder conditions on average than other light bulbs.

Beam angles

Most conventional lighting technology emits light 360° around the light source. However LED bulbs have various beam angles, making them a great solution for only illuminating specific areas. Also, less energy will be wasted on lighting up areas that do not require light – saving you money on energy costs.

To find out more view our LED design and installation services here or get in touch.