The UK started to phase out fluorescent lamps from the beginning of September 2023, a move aligned with global carbon reduction and enhanced energy efficiency efforts.

Businesses utilizing such lighting must grasp the implications and alternatives due to this “ban” under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive aimed at minimizing mercury in electric and electronic devices.

As of February 24, 2023, the EU discontinued trading in fluorescent lamps, a primary mercury-based lighting option, with the UK following from September 1, 2023. This change necessitates that enterprises employing fluorescent lighting adopt greener solutions like LED lights.

Facilities Managers across South Wales may see the staging out of fluorescent lights as an opportunity to consider the long-term plan for their emergency lighting. While existing T5 and T8 lamps can still be used, but they will be harder to find and more expensive to run, especially since the price of power is so high.

This means there are also potential problems with maintenance and contractual responsibilities in the future. This is due to the fact that replacement items and components may no longer be accessible when fluorescent bulbs finally burn out. This will mean that Facilities providers in all areas will likely face the issue of managing a lighting system that is becoming progressively obsolete.

LEDs present a preferable choice over fluorescent lights, offering better energy efficiency and cost benefits.

If the upcoming fluorescent lamp prohibition has you worried about the next steps, our emergency lighting specialists at Twenty4 Fire and Security are here to assist. We can provide a commitment-free evaluation of your existing lighting conditions and suggest optimal solutions tailored to your business. We can advise on alternative LED lighting, as well as install and maintain leading lighting equipment. Contact us today for more details.