Alternatives for replacement
No longer admissible
Since 1 September 2009, non-clear incandescent lamps and halogen lamps as well as clear incandescent lamps with a power rating of 100 W or more are no longer allowed to be put into circulation. The examples in the illustration (open as PDF for larger image) are, from left to right, a frosted incandescent lamp with E27 base, two frosted candle-shaped incandescent lamps with E14 base, a frosted halogen lamp with R7s base, a frosted halogen lamp without reflector with G9 base and a 100 W clear incandescent lamp with E27 base.
Alternatives with a screw base
The incandescent lamp has gone. Since September 2012, there are no more energy wasters among the lamps for domestic use on the market. The only exception will be halogen lamps with G9 or R7s base, which will continue to be admissible despite having an Energy Efficiency Class C rating.
The energy-saving alternatives available as a direct replacement for incandescent lamps are energy-optimised, efficient halogen lamps, energy-saving lamps and LEDs in screw base designs.
- Halogen lamps
Clear halogen lamps with an Energy Efficiency Class C rating will not be banished from the market until 2016. Lamps with an Energy Efficiency Class B rating will continue to be permitted beyond 2016, along with the halogen lamps with R7s or G9 base that are treated as exceptions. The examples in the illustration (open as PDF for larger image) are, from left to right, halogen lamps with E27 screw base, halogen lamps with E14 screw base, a clear halogen lamp with R7s base and a clear halogen lamps without reflector with G9 base.
- Energy-saving lamps
The range of energy-saving lamp designs has increased even more during this decade. The illustration (open as PDF for larger image) shows a number of designs with E14 or E27 screw base. As of 1 September 2009, energy-saving lamps will need to have an Energy Efficiency Class A rating.
LEDs can also be used in place of incandescent lamps. The lamp industry has developed appropriate screw-base models – at present as an alternative to incandescent lamps with a lower power rating (up to 60 W). Frosted LED lamps are also permitted here, provided they have an Energy Efficiency Class A rating. The illustration (open as PDF for larger image) shows models with E14 or E27 base.