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No change for industry after bulb ban - If you're worried you won't be able to get bulbs for your lighting equipment, don't be.

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Light bulbThe European Union's plan to remove non-efficient light bulbs from the market started at the beginning of September but those who use or deal with photographic lighting equipment shouldn't worry.

According to the European Union: "For special applications or devices where there is clearly no alternative to incandescent bulbs or conventional halogens (such as oven lamps, infrared lamps, rough service lamps, pet-care lamps etc.), the regulation allows the sales of special purpose lamps not fulfilling the requirements of the regulation, provided the special purpose is clearly stated on the packaging together with an indication that the lamp is not suitable for room illumination...Some lamps are exempted based on technical parameters, because the parameter makes it very clear that the lamp cannot be used in household room illumination. In case specific technical parameters of the lamp serve its special purpose, those parameters are to be indicated in the technical documentation file established by the manufacturer for conformity assessment.

All fluorescent lamps (with the exception of self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps) and all high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are excluded from the scope of the regulation. If the given device or application uses such lamps, they have to fulfil the requirements of the regulation on tertiary sector lighting products, not the requirements of this regulation. Note that most special purpose fluorescent or HID lamps are excluded from the scope of the tertiary sector lighting products regulation.

The legislation says that some special applications using incandescent bulbs or conventional halogen bulbs will be able to use the alternative technologies remaining but this isn't true for some photographic lighting equipment.

For this reason, Chris Whittle from The Flash Centre said they would still be able to obtain the modelling lamps they need because the tungsten filament lamp in their equipment has to be dimmable and the low energy lamps are not. Also they need a focal point which the low energy lamps do not offer.

"Where studio lighting is concerned energy saving light bulbs are not an option," explained Chris. "Hence why we can have lamps manufactured for us, specific to our requirement - and continue to supply them to or customers."

The number of bulbs a company needs manufactured needs to be justified but apart from that, Chris has seen no real change.

"We've always had them manufactured so it's no different for us," explained Chris.

For more information visit the European Commission's energy website.

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