Phase-outs of standard bulbs

After several years of EU incandescent phase-out, what remains of the electric light bulb?

The end of the light bulb…fact or myth?

We are constantly being asked how much longer traditional light bulbs will continue to be available. The answer is that the EU have set out a programme for the phasing out of specific light bulbs – we have already seen the end of production for all pearl/opal traditional bulbs.

Below is a guide to when some bulbs will disappear from the ‘shelves’. However we still have some stock so if you are keen to keep your old favourites we recommend you buy them before they are all gone.

Lyco offer many low energy and ultra low energy LED bulbs that look like traditional light bulbs but which also meet the EU regulations so when you are ready to switch we have a comprehensive range for you to choose from.


Light Bulb Phase-out Timetable

September 2009
Clear bulbs which are 80 watts or more

September 2010
Clear bulbs which are 65 watts or more

September 2011
Clear bulbs which are 45 watts or more

September 2012
Clear bulbs which are 12 watts or more. Also T12 38mm diameter fluorescent tubes, some metal halide and high pressure sodium light bulbs

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Low Energy

How do low-energy fluorescent bulbs fare in a jousting contest with their LED counterparts?

A Guide to Low Energy Bulbs

Last up to 30 times longer and use 80% less energy

Low energy bulbs are small, light up quickly, look similar to a traditional bulb and are now the popular alternative. Converting just 10 rooms to low energy rooms could save you approximately £540 in energy costs and £375 in maintenance costs – a total of £915 a year*!

Most low energy bulbs can be used in light fittings designed for traditional bulbs and are available with a bayonet, screw, small bayonet or small screw light bulb holder. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and wattages.

Use our wattage converter guide shown here to find the bulb that compares best with the brightness you require. (Wattage convertor chart)


Low Energy vs LED

Low energy light bulbs, known as compact fluorescents (CFLs), are a good stepping stone between the soon-to-be phased out traditional bulbs and the more expensive LEDs. LEDs last 15 times longer than low energy bulbs and although they have a higher initial capital outlay they do provide better long-term payback. There are many considerations when choosing a suitable bulb as this depends on the application so if in doubt call our Low Energy Advice Team for help.


Dedicated Low Energy Fittings

Many of our light fittings have been designed to only be used with energy saving light bulbs, so once installed you will always save money on your lighting bills. These fittings come in many different styles – both modern and traditional – come in a variety of sizes for both indoor and outdoor use, and are identified by the LE symbol in our catalogue.


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LED is the game-changing technology of the moment, but what’s in it for you?

A Guide to Ultra Low Energy LED

Last up to 50 times longer and use 90% less energy*

LEDs give a powerful light while using a fraction of the power required and are now a real alternative to traditional lighting without having to compromise on quality of light. Contrary to popular belief they are no longer an expensive alternative and are now quick to light up.



LEDs are available for all the standard light bulb holders and in all bulb types, including:

Spotlights: GU10, MR16, MR11, PAR, (plus PAR 20, 30 and 38) and AR111

Regular Shape Bulbs: Golf ball, candle and GLS



There is a wide selection of products to choose from that will fit your existing light fittings without any expensive refitting required and our trained team are here to assist you in making the right selection.

Indoor: LED light panels, linkable strip lights, standard and cabinet downlights, and emergency lights

NB When changing over to LED bulbs check the compatibility of your existing emergency lights

Outdoor: walkover lights, garden lights, spotlights, post lights, bollards, wall lights, strip lights, spikes and floodlights


Things to consider when choosing LED

Make sure you replace like-for-like as LEDs are different from traditional and low-energy bulbs. Use our tips below to help you select what you need or phone our LED team on 01908 651 100 for advice.


LED wattage comparisons cannot be made in the same way that we compare low energy bulbs to incandescent (traditional) light bulbs, so to give you an idea what to buy for the brightness you require, all products available in our catalogue, or on www.lyco.co.uk show a wattage comparison guide.

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