Say goodbye to the 60W GLS

Say goodbye to the 60W GLS | News | Lighting.

The 60W incandescent lamp has become the latest casualty of the EU phase out of GLS light sources. As of 1 September, it is illegal to manufacture or import the ubiquitous lamp that was once so synonymous with domestic lighting.

The lamp followed its 100W and 75W counterparts into obscurity at midnight on 31 August when an EU-wide ban on manufacturing and importing the light sources came into force.

Consumers are still able to buy the product after this point but once stocks run out they will no longer be available.

Many manufacturers and retailers stopped producing and selling the products in anticipation of the ban but there is a small minority who have been stockpiling the lamps so as to be able to meet continuing consumer demand.

Commenting on the phase out of the 60W GLS, Richard Gunn of Osram said: “People need to remember that the GLS lamp is over 100 years old. Is it not time we upgraded our lighting? How many people do you know that still carry money to make a phone call or use a camera that requires a film?”

The manufacturer said there is a ‘good, better, best’ range of alternatives where Eco Halogen represents ‘good’, CFL represents ‘better’ and retrofit LED lamps represent ‘best’.


New partnership to produce first sub-$15 LED lamp

New partnership to produce first sub-$15 LED lamp | News | Lighting.

Lighting Science Group and Dixon Technologies of India have entered into a partnership to produce the first sub-$15 60-watt equivalent LED lamp.

The lamp, which is the first in a series of products being jointly manufactured and distributed by the two companies, will be available in India at the end of 2011 and will be available worldwide in early 2012. The full line of products will include streetlights, outdoor and industrial light fixtures and retrofit bulbs.

“With India’s peak load electricity deficit expected to increase upwards of 15 per cent in the near-term, the adoption of energy efficient technologies will prove critical in meeting India’s infrastructure needs and demands of continued economic growth. Our partnership with Lighting Science Group will make LED technology available for large scale implementation in the Indian market and we expect to be the market’s leading seller of LED lighting within two years,” said Sunil Vachani, chairman and managing director of Dixon Technologies.

The Indian market for LED lighting is expected to grow $400 million by 2015 (53 per cent per annum) to keep pace with the growing economy, and the country plans to build 80 new coal-fired power stations to keep up with rising electricity demand in the next five years.

TCP wins exclusive contract with Homebase

TCP wins exclusive contract with Homebase | News | Lighting.

Technical Consumer Products (TCP) has secured a major contract to be the sole supplier of CFL lamps to Homebase in the UK.

TCP will also supply its LED candles, LED 6W GLS lamps, LED GU10 lighting and Ecohalogen products as part of the contract.

In addition, the company has worked closely with Homebase to develop Homebase-branded versions of all of its energy efficient bulbs.

The contract comes just months after the US-based firm set up its UK office in Northampton.

David Cattrall, senior buyer, core electrical at Homebase said: “We chose TCP for its proven track record in the US, its ground-breaking range of bulb products at competitive import prices and the complete package of support it put together for us.”

Thomas Luecke, managing director for TCP in the UK said: “We’re accustomed to working with big retailers like Wal-Mart and The Home Depot in the US, so we understand the responsive, flexible and supportive working relationships they demand.”

Osram files new patent complaints in South Korea

Osram files new patent complaints in South Korea | News | Lighting.

Osram has filed new patent infringement complaints against LG subsidiary LG Innotek and Samsung in South Korea.

In a filing with the Korea Trade Commission (KTC), Osram alleges that LG Innotek infringes four LED patents for generating white light. The company is requesting that the KTC bans the export of the LG LED products that are allegedly manufactured using patented Osram technology.

In actions filed with the Seoul Central District Court, Osram has claimed that LG Group and Samsung companies are infringing Osram’s patents on white and surface mountable LEDs in Korea.

“We respect the property rights of other companies and expect the same from other market participants,” said Aldo Kamper, the CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors.

In June of this year, Osram sued LG Group and Samsung companies for infringing patents and filed lawsuits in the US and Germany, and also filed infringement lawsuits against LG Group companies in Japan and China.

In July, Samsung LED retaliated by filing a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting that it barred the importation of products made by Osram, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Osram Sylvania into the US, alleging a total of eight patent infringements of core LED technologies used in lighting, automobiles, projectors, cell phone screens, and televisions.

In June, Samsung LED also filed a patent infringement action against Osram in a Korean court.

In a statement issued Monday, 22 August, Samsung LED said it was aware of Osram’s announcement: “Osram’s actions in South Korea are a typical and expected response to Samsung’s legal actions and appear to be an attempt to delay Samsung LED’s infringement action against Osram in Korea.”

Rare earth shortages cause Havells to raise fluorescent prices

Rare earth shortages cause Havells to raise fluorescent prices | News | Lighting.

Rare earth shortages cause Havells to raise fluorescent prices

Havells-Sylvania has announced price increases to its fluorescent lamp and luminaire products. The company says the increases, which become effective immediately, are due to the limited availability and steep cost increases of phosphors.


Advances in the recycling of electrical waste could release rare earth metals locked in some products. (Picture courtesy of Lumicom)

As reported in Lighting, global shortages of rare earth elements (REEs), which have been exacerbated by the Chinese government reducing production and exports to protect its fast diminishing reserves, have increased costs in the lighting supply chain. Further price increase announcements are expected from other lamp manufacturers shortly.

Anuj Vasu, Havells-Sylvania’s senior strategic business unit manager for fluorescent products said: “The dramatic increase in the cost of this vital raw material has made it impossible for us to hold our prices at their current level. We aim to provide first class products without compromise on quality. Sharing the burden of the phosphor supply crisis allows us to continue to do that.”

China controls around 95 per cent of the world’s REE supply, so its strategic reduction in exports, coupled with a growing demand for REEs driven by the increased consumption of electronic consumer products and fast growing hybrid technologies, has put certain elements on the critical list. Havells said costs have increased ten-fold in just five months, driving production costs of fluorescent lamp and luminaire products steeply upward.

At present, there is no immediate alternative to Chinese sourced phosphors. Initiatives have been undertaken in countries such as the USA, India and Russia to expand mining and it is hoped developments in recycling will enable the industry to extract more of the elements from old equipment. Similarly, the large reserves of rare earth elements that were recently discovered by Japan under the Pacific Ocean floor are a long way from being extracted.

In a company statement Havells-Sylvania said: “We would like to reassure customers of our on-going support throughout this time. Price increases are rolled out giving as much lead time as possible, ensuring any impact to our clients’ business is minimised. We will continue to review the REE availability situation and adjust the price of fluorescent lamps and fixtures accordingly.”

You can read our report on rare earth shortages here and in the September issue of Lighting.

Recolight takes campaign to the airwaves

Recolight takes campaign to the airwaves | News | Lighting.

Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey will be doing a series of radio interviews on 1 September to spread the word about CFL recycling.

The ‘radio day’ schedule, which has yet to be finalised, will mark the latest stage of the government’s phase out of traditional incandescent lamps and bring the message of recycling CFLs to listeners across the UK.

Commenting on the series of interviews, Nigel Harvey said: “There are approximately 133 million low-energy light bulbs currently in use in homes across the UK, and this is set to increase significantly with the phase out of the 60W incandescent. However, research shows that only 18 per cent of the British public know that they need to recycle them when they reach end of life.

“This activity is part of our on-going commitment to raising awareness of the importance of lamp recycling, and alerting people to the hundreds of facilities we have put in place across the country to make it as easy and convenient as possible for people to do so.”

Recolight has partnered with local authorities and retailers, including Homebase, Sainsbury’s and Robert Dyas to provide over 750 CFL recycling points across the country.

Since July 2007, Recolight has funded the recycling of more than 100 million Gas Discharge Lamps (GDLs), representing more than a third of a tonne of mercury which would otherwise have entered landfill.

Cooper Lighting and Safety certified under new scheme

Cooper Lighting and Safety certified under new scheme | News | Lighting.

Cooper Lighting and Safety has become the first emergency lighting manufacturer to gain certification under the new BAFE SP203-4 scheme.

Launched by British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) in March 2011, the scheme provides independent confirmation that a supplier is competent to design, commission and maintain an emergency lighting system.

To satisfy BAFE’s requirements for SP203-4 certification, Cooper Lighting and Safety was assessed on the effectiveness of its quality management system and the competence of its technical staff.

Martin Mullin, managing director of Cooper Lighting and Safety, said: “When customers use a BAFE-registered supplier such as Cooper Lighting and Safety, they know that all work will be carried out in accordance with current emergency lighting standards. It also gives them peace of mind that they have complied with their legal responsibilities and taken every reasonable step to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants.”