The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) has welcomed a new regulation that sees an enforced ban on directional (reflector) mains voltage halogen lamps.

From the start of this month, September 2016, Stage 3 of the Energy Related Products Regulation 1194/2012 has taken effect, outlining that products such as GU10, R63, R50 are no longer allowed to be placed on the market.

Whilst the Regulation does not ban 12 volt MR16 reflector lamps it does require them to last longer and have fewer failures.

Products captured by this regulation that are already placed on the market according to the definition of the term may continue to be sold to shake existing stock.

The LIA also revealed that tougher requirements for conventional shaped halogen lamps would not take effect until September 2018.

The LIA stated: “The Lighting Industry Association welcomes the shift to a more energy efficient technology and 2016 has seen a major increase in the uptake of LED lamps by consumers as prices fall and the light output and quality improves.”