The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has announced that as of 28 April 2017, the manufacturing as well as importation of inefficient bulbs will no longer be accepted.
The regulator said that this move is meant to protect consumers from poor lighting products as well as to ensure efficient use of electricity in the country, the New Zimbabwe reported.
According to media, ZERA said that anyone found guilty of contravening the new rules will be liable to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both.
The prohibition is said to fall under Statutory Instrument 21 of 2017 on (Inefficient Lighting Ban and Labelling Regulations).
Banned lighting products
“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,” a statement from the regulator said.
It added: “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.”
ZERA outlines regulation
The regulator said these regulations define the minimum energy performance standards for lighting products that can be imported, manufactured, distributed or offered for sale.
"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."
It is reported that the light bulbs were being manufactured locally and some being imported from neighbouring South Africa and the Far East.