Fluorescent Lighting – Time is Running Out

Fluorescent lighting is no longer available (sold) in the European Union (EU) as of 24 August 2023. In Great Britain (GB) the ban began on 1 September 2023 with some T8 lamps, and others will follow on 1 February 2024.

The table below details past and future fluorescent lamp phase out dates.

Lamp TypeEU Phase Out DateGB Phase Out Date
CFLni (Non-Integrated)24 February 2023 (RoHS)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
CFLni Long Life (<30W, >20,000h) 24 August 2023 (RoHS)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
T524 August 2023 (RoHS)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
T8 (2ft, 4ft & 5ft)24 August 2023 (RoHS)1 September 2023 (Eco-Design)
T8 (Other lengths)24 August 2023 (RoHS)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
T5/8 Long Life (.25,000h)24 February 2023 (RoHS)1 February 2024 (RoHS)
SON Deluxe (Most)24 August 2023 (RoHS)1 February 2024 (RoHS)


What is RoHS and how does it affect lighting?

RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). It is a European Union directive (2002/95/EC) for product-level compliance that restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All of the luminaires manufactured by Designplan Lighting are compliant with RoHS and hold the RoHS marking. Specifically in this application it refers to the use of Mercury in fluorescent lamps which is a hazardous substance already banned, and is now continuing to rollout into the lighting industry as part of Stage 2 of the Single Lighting Regulation and the updated Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) directive.

When is the ban happening?

The EU have now completed their ban from sale of fluorescent lamps with the UK in the process of doing so. Please see the table above for more information.

What should I do next?

Simply replace your fluorescent luminaire’s internal control gear with an LED gear tray. For more information CLICK HERE or to download our LED retrofit gear tray brochure CLICK HERE