Are Fluorescent Lamps Being Banned? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Will Fluorescent Lights Be Discontinued?

As of September 2023, the UK is initiating significant changes in the use of fluorescent lamps and tubes, raising questions like “Will fluorescent lights be discontinued?” The answer is yes. Starting on 1st September 2023, T5 and T8 fluorescent tubes will be discontinued. While existing stock may still be available in stores, they will no longer be manufactured. 

Why Are Fluorescent Lamps Being Banned? 

This transition is in accordance with updated RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directives. The primary goal is to reduce the use of mercury-containing lamps. To address this concern, the UK is shifting its focus toward eco-friendly and efficient LED lighting options. So, why are fluorescent lamps being banned? The focus is on enhancing environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. 

Which Fluorescent Lights Are Being Phased Out? 

The UK’s phase-out plan primarily targets T5 and T8 fluorescent tubes. These tubes are commonly found in various applications, and their discontinuation is part of the broader initiative to reduce the use of mercury-containing lighting. 

Who Does This Apply To? 

The phase-out applies to everyone in the UK using or considering the use of fluorescent tubes. This includes residential users, commercial spaces, schools, and offices. Everyone is encouraged to make the transition to more eco-friendly lighting options. 

What Are the Advantages of LED Lighting? 

As fluorescent lamps are being phased out, LED lighting emerges as the preferred alternative. The advantages of LED lighting include: 

  • Compatibility with existing fixtures 
  • A long lifespan of up to 50,000 hours 
  • Energy savings of up to 90% 
  • Environmental benefits—LEDs are mercury-free and recyclable 

Moreover, LED lighting provides instant, flicker-free illumination, ensuring both efficiency and convenience. 

BNS Is Here to Help 

At BNS, we understand that navigating this transition can be challenging. That’s why we’re here to assist you and your property. Our team of NAPIT approved electricians is well-equipped to assist with lighting upgrades of any size, ensuring a smooth and efficient transition to eco-friendly and cost-effective LED lighting solutions. 

We’re committed to helping you embrace these changes and enjoy the benefits of eco-friendly lighting solutions. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.
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