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Mercury ban

Electronics / General / March 7, 2022

Seaborough applauds the European Commission for finally banning mercury-containing fluorescent lights

After more than 20 years since the European Commission first proposed, within the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, that all lamps containing mercury should be phased out, finally it is now a law published on 24th February.

As a result, that law will demand the phasing-out of general purpose fluorescent lighting across Europe in 2023. These familiar tubes contain mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause harmful and long-term health effects. The RoHS Directive will ban fluorescents due to their toxicity, citing the widespread availability of cost-effective LED alternatives.

Seaborough was founded in 2013 specifically to develop LED alternatives for all such toxic tubes, and to stimulate LEDification. We now offer our designs to the lighting industry. Our solution called oneTLed, can drop in to 99% of all the various designs of affected light fittings - so no fitting has to be replaced.

OneTLed contains no toxins, uses a fraction of the energy for the same lighting output, and will last many times longer that the old tubes. Good news for the consumer and the planet!

We remain grateful for the tireless efforts of CLASP, the  European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and, in particular, former MEP Eija-Riitta Korhola for their tireless efforts in getting this law established.

Mercury-containing fluorescent lights banned