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.