ZERA bans "inefficient" light bulbs, offenders to be jailed up to 6 months
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has through Statutory Instrument 21 of 2017 on Inefficient Lighting Ban and Labelling Regulations, banned the manufacturing and importation of “inefficient” bulbs.
According to ZERA, any person found guilty will be liable to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both. In a statement ZERA said the ban will come into effect as from the 28th of April 2017. Said ZERA:
The importation, manufacturing, distribution and retailing of the following lighting products has been banned; incandescent light bulbs with the exception of special incandescent lighting products such as medical and laboratory equipment. T10 and T12 halo phosphate fluorescent lamps and magnetic ballasts and fluorescent lamps with a colour rendering index less than 80; this applies typically to T5 and T8 tubes. All lighting products to have labels which indicate voltage, wattage, lumens, life span and energy efficiency class and maximum acceptable mercury content in lighting products is specified for fluorescent lighting. No person shall import, manufacture, distribute or sell lighting products which do not meet the minimum energy performance standards (MEPs) as defined in the Regulations. Lighting products which do not meet the MEPs will be seized pending an investigation and may be disposed of. All importers of lighting products for sale or distribution shall register with ZERA.Feedback
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