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anonymous 4 days ago

Your statement "EU regulations are also gearing up to support this view. The Ecodesign Directive, which may come into effect in 2021, includes banning luminaires with fixed light sources throughout the European Union" is not a fact. First of all Ecodesign Directive is not finalized but only a draft. Secondly latest draft is understood on totally different way for example by Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of Finland who is stating that the newest Ecodesign Directive draft do not require that light sources in luminaires should be able to be changed, original text in Finnish here (Uusimmassa luonnoksessa ei vaadita, että valaisimissa tulisi olla vaihdettavat valonlähteet.). Do you want to check your statements?

anonymous
Valtavalo Oy
4 days ago

Recently, the draft of the Ecodesign directive has received a lot of attention. We would like to open up both the contents of the directive and our view of it - as a continuation for the newsletters we have published about the subject.

According to the latest draft of the Ecodesign directive, manufacturers and importers shall ensure the following. 1) Light sources and separate control gears can be removed without being permanently damaged for verification purposes by market surveillance authorities. Instructions must be provided on request. 2) Manufacturers and importers of containing products shall ensure that light sources and separate control gears can be dismantled from containing products at end of life. 3) Manufacturers and importers of containing products shall provide information about the replaceability or non-replaceability of light sources and control gears.

The products that are non-compliant – and there are plenty of this kinds of products on the market - will be banned on the basis of the draft. The draft also defines a number of special cases where the light source and ballast don’t need to be removable.

It is obvious that the new rules that are about to change the market are arousing a lot of debate around the Europe, also in Finland. After the draft of the Ecodesign directive was first published, at least the following has been written:

In April 2018 Lux Review published an article “Will EU bring back lamps and luminaires?” http://luxreview.com/article/2018/04/will-eu-bring-back-lamp-and-luminaires-

In May 2018 Wired published an article "The EU’s new lighting rules are physically impossible for theatres" https://www.wired.co.uk/article/theatre-lights-eu-save-stage-lighting-led

In May 2018 Valtavalo published a press release about the topic “Will EU bring back lamps and luminaires?” https://valtavalo.fi/blogikirjoitukset/tuoko-eu-takaisin-lamput-ja-valaisinrungot/

In December 2018 Valosto (Illuminating Engineering Society of Finland) published a press release saying that the latest draft does not require replaceability of light source (can be found in Finnish only) https://valosto.com/ajankohtaista/uusin-luonnos-valaistuksen-ecodesign-asetuksesta-ei-vaadi-valonlahteen-vaihdettavuutta/

Based on these articles it can be clearly seen that the draft leaves room for interpretation. It should be noted that the directive is at the draft stage and its contents may still be changed. For example, the draft does not say in specific whether the ‘end of life cycle’ refers to the life cycle of light source and ballast and their replaceability OR the life cycle of the whole lighting unit and its recyclability. We think it would be only logical and reasonable that the existing luminaires could be serviced and upgraded with new, more energy efficient, light sources. Whereas, in cases of breakages and after the support of the manufacturer has ceased, replacing whole lighting units or even larger lighting systems would be a waste of materials and money and not at all sustainable for the environment.

anonymous 4 days ago

I find your statement very missleading and simply wrong when you are stating that "The situation is about to change, as the strongest international brands that have competed with Valtavalo – Osram and Phillips (now Signify) – are leaving the market. Osram has recently sold its light source business to China, rebranding as LEDVANCE. Osram later announced that it would also sell off its luminaire business. The disappearance of major brands from the market creates space on the quality-product shelf for Valtavalo to fill." Both global companies - LEDVANCE producing OSRAM branded and Signify producing Philips branded lamps - are full in LED tube business without known plans to leave the market, on the contrary both are focusing heavily to LED tube market also in the future. Where do you have the information that LEDVANCE and Signify would leave the market?

anonymous
Valtavalo Oy
4 days ago

You are right that it is possible to understand this wrong, so we will discuss about the matter with Invesdor to adjust the wording. What has been meant is that NOT brands, but old traditional company names instead seem to be disappearing according to the news (Philips -> Signify and Osram -> LEDvance).

anonymous 20 days ago

Interesting article in Finnish Kauppalehti, addressing concerns on safety of LED replacement light installations. How does company see the split between new construction and replacement sales, and what measures are in place to mitigate concerns of fire safety in case of replacement?

https://www.kauppalehti.fi/uutiset/kl/5fe40e60-53d0-4f9c-807b-0055c21088e3?ref=newsletter:134b&utm_source=Kauppalehti_Uutiskirje&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Kauppalehti_Uutiskirje

anonymous
Valtavalo Oy
20 days ago

LED tubes has had the international standard EN62776 which also describes the safety measures for the products. So when LED tubes are manufactured according to the standard and used correctly LED tubes are actually the easiest way to improve the lighting safety from fluorescents. Old fluorescents are considered the no:1 reason for electric fires caused by technology, so LED update makes a big improvement. Kauppalehti article (also published in several other media) is also having couple of other misleading ideas of LED tubes as well. For instance as a fire preventive electric service some electrons uses LED tubes widely as a "tool" to lower the fire risks especially in the agriculture. Also when replacing LED tube to the old fluorescent fixture with magnetic ballast the current driving through the ballast goes down which lengthens the lifespan of ballasts and reduces the risk with ballast fires as well.

anonymous
Valtavalo Oy
19 days ago

And the question about the split between construction and replacement (retro-fit) sales: Past two year Valtavalo has already been selling more and more to through the traditional sales process (=construction) including lighting designers, architects, whole sellers and electricians. That is the reason why Valtavalo can also provide now a wide portfolio of the new fixtures and even dimmability / control possibilities. Today majority of the Valtavalo sales is still direct replacements / retro-fit and it will be so for several years, but we can see the shift in here and the replaceable light sources + fixtures in completely new installations (=construction) is very much wanted solution in the market at the moment and will become the next big thing.

anonymous
Valtavalo Oy
19 days ago

And to make it clear Valtavalo's wide portfolio of fixtures includes LED tubes as a replaceable light sources.