Ban On Fluorescent Lamps 2024

Published 1 February 24

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The UK government’s plan to ban fluorescent lamps that contain mercury from sale has now come in to place. The phase-out began in September of 2023 and concluded on February 1st, 2024. This ban is in line with the wider effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, as outlined in the EU’s RoHS plan.

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is a European Union directive (2002/95/EC) that ensures compliance with product-level regulations by restricting the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All luminaires manufactured by Designplan Lighting are RoHS compliant and hold the RoHS marking. Specifically, this application refers to the use of mercury in fluorescent lamps, which is a hazardous substance that has already been banned and is now being phased out of the lighting industry as part of Stage 2 of the Single Lighting Regulation and the updated RoHS directive.

The table below details the dates of each fluorescent lamp:

Lamp TypeGB Phase Out Date
CFLni (Non-Integrated)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
CFLni Long Life (<30W, >20,000h)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
T51 February 2024 (RoHS)
T8 (2ft, 4ft & 5ft)1 September 2023 (Eco-Design)
T8 (Other lengths)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
T5/8 Long Life (.25,000h)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
SON Deluxe (Most)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
Fluorescent Lamp Banning

It is essential that all UK businesses are compliant with the new regulations and all procedures are up to date. However, if you feel your fittings are non-compliant, there is an easy fix to this issue. The most common solution is incorporating new technology into existing products, such as replacing your old fluorescent technology with a new LED gear tray which has been properly tested to ensure CE compliance.

Benefits Of An LED Retrofit Gear Tray

All Designplan products incorporate this sustainable design feature which will:

  • Reduce your energy use
  • Lower maintenance
  • Minimise disruption
  • Improve safety and output
  • Reduce your ownership costs
  • Future proof your lighting


We also offer CIBSE acredited CPD seinars that examine the benefits and challenges of retrofitting luminaires with the latest CPD technology. To request one for you and your team, email

Fluorescent Lamp Banning

Technical Site Surveys

One of our technical sales team will visit your site to conduct a thorough retrofit site survey of your current lighting arrangements, and assess your premises for potential energy savings.

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