Lighting Dental clinics and the EU ban on Fluorescent lighting; EU Directive EU RoHS 2011/65/EU
The EU RoHS directive: Restriction of Hazardous Substances 2011/65/EU which limits the use of hazardous substances in manufacture and production, limits the use of Mercury in the production of products, among them lighting. However, an exception to EU Directive EU RoHS 2011/65/EU was made for certain lighting products. The exemption to the EU RoHS directive applied to the following products:
- T5 fluorescent (tube) lights
- T8 fluorescent (tube) lights
- CFLni lamps, Compact fluorescent lamp
A new change to the EU RoHS 2011/65/EU directive has ended the exemption for these lighting products.
This means that fluorescent lamps, lamp types, T5 T8 and CFLni Lamps can no longer be sold in the EU. Many dental clinics will need to replace fluorescent tubes with LED lighting.
Timeline end of exemption to EU RoHS 2011/65/EU directive for fluorescent lamps
The following table shows when Fluorescent lamps will be banned for sale in the EU. Dentists looking for replacement lamps for fluorescent lamp fixtures will no longer be able to purchase replacement lamps after the dates indicated in the table below.
Table: Timetable EU ban on fluorescent lighting EU RoHS 2011/65/EU
Fluorescent lamp type
Date of Ban of sales in EU
T5 fluorescent (tube) lights
25 August 2023
T8 fluorescent (tube) lights
25 August 2023
CFLni lamps, Compact fluorescent lamp
25 Februari 2023
EU ban on Fluorescent lighting replace T5, T8 and CFL fluorescent lighting in dental clinics and dental Treatment rooms with energy efficient full spectrum LED lighting
DentLed can help with the replacement of fluorescent lamps with new energy efficient full daylight spectrum LED lamps.
Dental lighting with Fluorescent T5 and T8 tubes can be replaced with:
PHU full spectrum treatment room LED light for dental clinics – Full Daylight spectrum light for dental treatment rooms.
PHL22 DUO – LED Luminaires for dental treatment rooms – Full Daylight spectrum dental LED line for above the dentist chair.
For dental practices with suspended ceilings, DL60 or DL120 full daylight spectrum LED panels can be used. DentLed DL60 LED panels and DL120 LED panels have been specifically developed to meet the requirements for use in dental clinics and dental treatment rooms.
DentLed DL60 and DL120 full daylight spectrum LED panels for dentists
- Full Daylight spectrum panels – 5000k.
- High CRI of +97 or accurate shade matching and colour determination.
- No hardening or curing effects of dental composites and glues.
- Flicker free drivers – no fatigue inducing visible or invisible flicker.
- Expected lifetime of 80,000 hours or about 30 years.
Please visit our website for more information about DentLed LED Panels for dental treatment rooms:
More background on the existence of the EU directive to Reduce the use of Hazardous substances RoHS EU RoHS 2011/65/EU
The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, 2011/65/EU, is a vital regulatory measure, designed to limit the use of hazardous materials in electrical and electronic equipment. One critical area of focus is the regulation of fluorescent lamps.
Fluorescent lamps traditionally contain several substances restricted under RoHS, including mercury and lead. Mercury is a vital component in the lamp’s operation, facilitating the emission of ultraviolet light. However, its toxicity and potential for environmental harm necessitate its restriction.
RoHS 2011/65/EU imposes stringent guidelines on the allowable concentration of these hazardous substances, significantly reducing their presence. For instance, the mercury content must not exceed 5 mg per lamp for compact fluorescent lamps. Manufacturers are also encouraged to develop environmentally friendly alternatives.
The directive further obligates producers to establish procedures for safe disposal and recycling of spent lamps, minimizing harmful leaks into the environment. The RoHS compliance ensures the alignment of production processes with sustainable development goals, emphasizing environmental responsibility while safeguarding consumer health.
In summary, the RoHS directive 2011/65/EU offers crucial guidelines for fluorescent lamps, addressing potential hazards and ensuring responsible production and disposal practices, setting a standard for sustainable electronics industry development.