Important change in the category 5 “lighting equipment” – Modifications of the B2C types of equipment having enormous advantages for manufacturers of LEDs

Manufacturers, importers and distributers of LEDs and all other lamps except from gas discharge lamps will profit twice from August 1st on.

Dear take-e-way customers, dear members of the VERE Association,

As we already announced a few weeks ago the Foundation EAR will rename the B2C types of equipment of category 5 “lighting equipment” on August 1st, 2013.

Only “glow-discharge lamps that can be used in private households” will then fall below the type of equipment 5 a" – also those with permanently connected luminaires.

All other lamps as well as lightning control equipment will then fall below the type of equipment 5 b “Other lighting fixtures or equipment for spreading or controlling light that can be used in private households”. They also include in particular LED lamps with permanently connected luminaires.

Through this, it will be ensured in the future that only gas discharge lamps (energy saving lamps/fluorescent tubes) are collected in the collection group 4 also if they are permanently connected to the luminaires. Thus, gas discharge lamps containing mercury will be disposed separately in the future.

Manufacturers, importers and distributers of LEDs and all other lamps except from gas discharge lamps will profit twice from August 1st on: On the one hand they have to prove a considerably lower insolvency proof guarantee amount. On the other hand the disposal costs in the collection group 5 are considerably less compared to the cost of the collection group 4.

Already registered providers of all (LED) lamps except for gas discharge lamps have to re-register with the corresponding brand for the type of equipment 5 b at the Foundation EAR. The Foundation EAR grants a grace period until January 1st, 2014 for the registration. The suspension of the existing registrations which are no longer required will be performed free of charge by the Foundation EAR. Furthermore, from July to December 2013 it is not necessary to report the LED lamps which are actually placed on the market (also with permanently connected luminaires), but "0" for each month.

Providers of LEDs and other lamps except from gas discharge lamps which are not yet registered are recommended to immediately file their registration documents with take-e-way with a registration start until latest December 1st, 2013 in order to guarantee a registration at the Foundation EAR in time.

We are particularly pleased to inform you that in the course of the changes in the field of lamps and luminaires the Foundation EAR has also extended the grace periods for manufacturers of lamps with permanently connected luminaires. Here also January 1st, 2014 applies – the period set in March for September 2013 is replaced. Thus, from July to December 2013, it is not necessary to report gas discharge lamps with permanently connected luminaires under the type of equipment 5 a. Only the quantities of (pure) gas discharge lamps need to be reported. take-e-way and the VERE Association successfully promoted for an extension of the deadline since a large part of the importers and lots of small manufacturers require more time in advance for a proper calculation.

Please find further information on the website of the Foundation EAR.

We will be at your disposal for any further questions on that topic under the phone number +49 / 40 / 21 90 10 - 65.

With kind regards,

Your team of take-e-way and the VERE Association