HQL ban 2015 – Informations to Alternatives



By April 2015 HQL and HPL lamps must not be placed on the market under EU directives and therefore are no longer commercially available. The reason is high energy consumption and mercury content of these bulbs.

To create a larger stock of these bulbs makes little sense, since the switch to our HQL replacement is very easy (screw them in and done!). And the purchase price is amortized by the low energy consumption in a very short time.

The advantage of our LED E40 replacement bulb is that most conventional bulbs waste power already in the reflector.You need to illuminate it first,so that the light is refracted, to bring the light to the ground. Our lighting, however, focuses the light already in the bulbs. Thus the radiation losses can be significantly reduced and you have the power of the light where you want.

Also, conventional HQL  bulbs lose after a short time (about 2000-3000 hours) their original brilliance and are significantly weaker. With our LED HQL replacement,after 50,000 hours there is still about 70% of the original luminosity!

Conversion to HQI lamps is also not very useful, since the ballast must be replaced, the lamp prices are higher and the power consumption is over 400 watts.

For HQL ballasts our LED HQL can be used properly, WITHOUT bridging or disconnecting the ballast. We still recommend to disable it when converting the ballast, since unnecessary power is wasted. (Approximately 40-70 watts per lamp!)

HQI ballasts MUST be bypassed or disabled, otherwise the LED bulbs will be damaged!



HQL bulbs (mercury vapor lamp)

- In many industries (hall emitters) and street lamps installed (Europe about 35 million)
- In market,from April 2015, in the EU no longer available
- Can very quickly lose luminosity
- Long warm-up time,not immediately full light output
- Consumption including ballast is 430-470 watts

HQI bulbs (halogen lamp)

- Continue to be permitted and much brighter than HQL Lamp
- Different ballast than HQL bulb and higher lamp price than HQL
- Only a very slight advantage in power consumption compared to HQL bulbs because the ballast consumes less energy
- Conversion by converting the ballasts usually not profitable, because the light points have to be recalculated, which involves wiring again.

LED Lighting - Replacement HQL / HQI

- Higher purchase price, however,  due to the extremely low consumption it pays off usually quite fast. (Saving up to 75%)
- Immediate full brightness and no decrease in luminosity (after 50,000 hours)
- Four times the life of conventional bulbs, and it also reduces maintenance costs
- No 360 degree radiation and thus much more efficient and higher irradiance
- Caution at higher ambient temperatures,from about 50 degrees, which considerably reduces the lifetime. At present day,there are offered solutions for up to 70 or 80 degrees ambient temperature, but only by few suppliers.

Overview of EU luminare ban:

Luminaire / lamp type  :Tradename (depends on the manufacturer) :EU ban from date :suitable replacement

all luminaires without CE registration mark

no grandfathering, has to be immediately replaced 

No grandfatheringalready bannedproducts with CE mark
High pressure sodium vapor lampsHPSalready bannedLED Floodlight
Mercury vapor lampsHQL, HPL,HRL,HME1. April 2015

LED HQL replacement E40

LED hall lighting

LED Floodlight

Low pressure sodium vapor lampsNAV, SON, HSE1. April 2015

LED Streetlight

LED Floodlight

Energy saving lamps with conventional el.ballast 1. April 2015

LED Bulb 

LED Spot

LED Downlight

Energy saving lamps with with electronical 
ballast at 80lm/W
 1. April 2015

LED Bulb 

LED Spot

LED Downlight

Metal-halide lampHQI, MHN, HPI, HSI-- still allowed --

LED hall lighting

LED Floodlight

conventional electrical ballastsKVG2014


LED waterproof luminaire

EVG class A2