How the replaceable revolution will change lighting

Replaceable lighting_April 2021_Recolight webinar series_Lighting and the Circular Economy - Listen to replayUnder forthcoming EU and UK legislation, lighting manufacturers will have to incorporate replaceable light sources and control gear in their products.

How will the need to make fittings with removeable LED light sources and drivers work in practice?

In our Lighting and the Circular Economy series, the panel discussed the likely impacts on our industry of the need to make fittings with removeable LED light sources and drivers. There are still many questions to address but the lively panel discussion identified many of the consequences of the change, agreeing that:

  • The Ecodesign regulations may move more lighting to a service model
  • This is the first step towards circular economy legislation – there will be more.
  • The industry would benefit from guidelines that identify the best practice approach for a range of different luminaire sectors. The LIA will consider this further.

Questions posed on the webinar included:

  • Where’s the incentive to use standard connectors?
  • Who decides what a ‘commonly available tool’ is?
  • Who decides what a ‘qualified person’ is?
  • How do we stop the cost of the call-out, replacement and component from being more than a new luminaire?
  • How do we prevent the creation of a high-margin after-market for proprietary components?
  • How do we prevent low-cost ‘compatible’ components entering the market?
  • If a module or gear is replaced with a more efficient model, isn’t there a need for a new ENEC test?
  • Who decides what is a ‘technical justification’ for opting out of the replaceability requirement?
  • How do we stop luminaires with non-replaceable components from entering the market through online marketplaces and other routes?

Recolight will continue the discussion with future webinars.

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29 Apr 2021


  • Ray Molony
    Ray Molony
    Head of content for Build Back Better Award

    An award-winning technical journalist and a highly experienced event organiser, chairperson, webinar host and public speaker.

    Ray Molony is the editor of the Circular Lighting Report, a Recolight initiative to inform the market of developments in sustainability in the industry. He’s also head of content at the Build Back Better Awards, an initiative to celebrate and reward environmental leadership, innovation, creativity and social purpose in the built environment, and the editor of Designing Lighting Global, a magazine for designers. He was co-founder of Lux magazine and the LuxLive exhibition. He’s also the award-winning author of the acclaimed book, Light: Re-Interpreting Architecture (Rotovision, 2014) which was translated into many languages. He studied engineering at Dublin City University.

  • Sophie Parry CEng MIET FSLL
    Sophie Parry CEng MIET FSLL
    Head of Trilux UK Akademie

    Sophie Parry is Head of Trilux UK Akademie. Her skills are in technical management, training and mentoring, and thought leadership in the lighting industry. With experience in technical sales and business development in lighting & electronic building services, control systems solutions.
    Sophie is a Fellow of the Society of Light & Lighting and the deputy chair of the Technical & Publications Committee.
    An elected member of the SLL Council, and member of the SLL taskforce investigating and developing best practice For circular economy manufacturing, specification and use of luminaires.
    She is the principal author of LG 14 Control of Electric Light, CIBSE Commissioning Code L (lighting) and LG 20 Lighting for Facilities Managers.

  • Dee Denteneer
    Dee Denteneer
    Secretary General, Zhaga Consortium

    Dee Denteneer is Secretary General of Zhaga Consortium, a global lighting-industry organisation that aims to standardize interfaces of components of LED luminaires, including LED light engines, LED modules, LED arrays, holders, electronic control gear (LED drivers), connectors and sensing/communication modules.
    This is an industry-wide collaboration between companies from across the globe. Members include luminaire manufacturers, LED module makers, suppliers of materials and components, and testing labs.

  • Phil Muir
    Phil Muir
    Design & Technology Director at Designplan Lighting

    Phil graduated with a degree in Product Design in 1990 and has spent the whole of his 31 year career in the lighting industry working for several manufacturers in various roles including Product Design, Bespoke Design, Major Projects and International Sales including time living overseas. He is now Design & Technology Director at Designplan Lighting, a UK based manufacturer of robust lighting for challenging applications since 1963. Designplan have always designed and built products to last and with replaceable technology being at the heart of their products, customers have always been able to upgrade existing products to use the latest and most efficient technology.

  • Peter Hunt
    Peter Hunt
    Chief Policy Officer for the LIA

    Peter Hunt has been involved in the lighting industry since 1965 when, as a boy, he helped his father in the development of a manufacturing process. After a degree in Ergonomics, Peter joined the family business and was responsible for product design and development before taking over as MD in the 1980s. He joined the LIA Council in 1987 and became President in 1991/2. After the sale of his business he joined dar lighting as Design Director before moving to the Lighting Association in 2008 where he oversaw the merger with the Lighting Industry Federation to form the LIA. He has been involved with the EU trade body LightingEurope since its inception and became President in 2017. He currently acts as Chief Policy Officer for the LIA.

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    Geoff Coffin
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