Old Fluorescent Tubes Are Banned!
This is not a recent news, since the UK Government released this ban in 2021 to End of halogen light bulbs spells brighter and cleaner future. However, the deadline of this Legislation being brought forward and is rapidly aproaching which is now September 2023.
Why is it so important? Because in the UK currently around 2 thirds of bulbs sold in Britain are LED lights, making a considerable impact in improving the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. They last 5 times longer than traditional halogen lightbulbs and produce the same amount of light – but use up to 80% less power.
Why Old fluorescent tubes are being banned in the UK?
Contain mercury. Mercury is a hazardous substance that can be harmful to human health and the environment. When fluorescent tubes are broken, they can release mercury vapor into the air. This vapor can be inhaled or swallowed, and it can cause health problems such as headaches, nausea, and vomiting. It can also damage the nervous system, kidneys, and lungs.
Significantly less energy efficient than LED lights. LED lights are now more affordable and efficient than fluorescent tubes. They use less energy, which can save businesses and consumers money on their energy bills. They also last longer than fluorescent tubes, which means that businesses and consumers have to replace them less often.
Contain lead. Lead is another hazardous substance that can be harmful to human health and the environment. Fluorescent tubes contain small amounts of lead, which can be released into the air when they are broken. This can lead to lead poisoning, which can cause health problems such as learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and delayed growth.
To reduce carbon footprint. These new rules will mark a significant shift to more energy efficient and longer lasting LEDs and will stop 1.26 million tonnes of carbon being emitted every year - the equivalent of removing over half a million cars from the UK’s roads.
Less sustainable. Less sustainable. Maintenance is not free and this is not true for the fluorescent tube replacements. Each light panel holds one or more ballast which is a part that can go out as well and there is a high chance that ballast can not be replaced anymore for various reasons. Unfortunately, the old fluorescent light cannot work without a ballast to control this, there would be too much current for the light to take, and it would burn out and possibly even catch fire.
The ban on old fluorescent tubes is part of the UK government's commitment to reducing hazardous waste and improving air quality. The government is encouraging businesses and consumers to switch to LED lights, which are more energy efficient and safer for the environment. The ban will come into effect on September 1, 2023. After this date, it will be illegal to sell, import, or distribute old fluorescent tubes in the UK. Businesses and consumers who have old fluorescent tubes will need to dispose of them properly. They can take them to a local recycling center or contact their local council for more information.
You must check if your electrician is qualified and also registered to carry out Domestic work under Part P and he must be registered with one of the 5 main organization, which you can check on the Competent Person scheme here.
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