Are there any regulations which govern the sale or the giving away of light bulbs?

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Published on LexisPSL on 27/06/2016

The following Commercial Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Are there any regulations which govern the sale or the giving away of light bulbs?
  • UK
  • EU Ecodesign and energy-using requirements
  • Environmental claims in advertising
  • Waste
  • Further reading


In the UK, Defra leads on new regulations resulting from the initial studies which focus on energy efficiency gains. Regulations are enforced by the National Measurement Office (NMO).

EU Ecodesign and energy-using requirements

The European EuP Directive 2005/32/EC was a framework directive so the specific performance criteria and test requirements were set out in associated implementing measure or regulations. It was repealed by the Eco-Design Directive 2009/125/EC. The 2005 Directive was transposed into UK law by the Ecodesign for Energy-Using Products 2007, SI 2007/2037. However, it was revoked by the Eco-Design for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2617. This transposed into UK legislation, the Eco-Design Directive 2009/125/EC, which aim to improve the environmental performance of products throughout their life cycle by integration of environmental aspects at a very early stage in product design.

Minimum EU energy and environmental performance standards are being set for over twenty products, including lighting. The technical requirements are set out in regulations, and the Market Transformation Programme (MTP) provides more information and the evidence underpinning the standards.

Incandescent bulbs are banned from sale within the EU (see European Commission Press Release: Member States approve the phasing-out of incan-descent bulbs by 2012). For further information on the stages of ecodesign requirement, see: EU Regulation on ecodesign requirements for non-directional household

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