Applying cove lighting?

We will help you!

Ban on production of fluorescent lighting

Don't forget the fluorescent tube behind the cove

In recent years, there has been a growing buzz in the lighting industry regarding the phase-out and prohibition of TL lighting. While TL lighting is still commonly used for general illumination, there's a hidden secret behind it—the TL tube is often concealed behind a soffit, making it easily forgettable.

The Ban on TL Lighting by August 2023

The Dutch government has taken a significant step by prohibiting the production of TL lighting, effective from August 2023. This ban encompasses all T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps. The rationale behind this prohibition is the non-compliance of TL lamps with the efficiency requirements outlined in the revised European Ecodesign directive published in 2019.

Sustainability is at the core of these reinforced regulations:

  1. The 'Single Lighting Regulation' (SLR): This regulation is designed to enhance the energy efficiency of lighting, contributing to a more sustainable environment.

  2. The RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances): An EU directive aimed at limiting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, including substances like mercury in TL tubes.

This groundbreaking development is ushering in a new era of lighting solutions, with LED lighting taking center stage.


LED Lighting: The Perfect Replacement

So, what's the best way to illuminate a space after the ban on TL lighting? LED lighting emerges as the perfect replacement. It offers several advantages, including:

  • Extended Lifespan: LED lighting provides more operating hours and doesn't require frequent replacements.
  • Significant Energy Savings: It can reduce energy consumption by up to 80%.
  • Improved Light Output: LED lights offer better quality and more uniform lighting.
  • Modern Aesthetics: They provide a contemporary look and feel to any space.

Don't Overlook the Soffit

One common practice with TL lighting was placing the tube behind the soffit, creating an invisible source of illumination that often went unnoticed. However, this is an opportunity to make lighting even more sustainable. By creating a seamless, continuous line of light behind the soffit, you can offer your customers a beautiful, diffuse lighting effect that enhances the ambiance of any space.

Also read our blog on cove lighting


Our product recommendation for cove lighting


Need help finding the right cove lighting solution?

Are you currently working on a project involving cove lighting and not sure what the best option is? We will gladly help you with targeted advice and reliable products. And all this without any obligation.

Get in touch with us


Read also...
Scroll to top