What is Lumicom?


Lumicom is a not for profit producer compliance scheme, created by a forerunner of the Lighting Industry Association to help producers, selling into the non-household market, meet their obligations under the WEEE Regulations.

The primary obligation of producers is to ensure environmentally sound disposal of those WEEE products for which they are responsible, more specifically to provide for the cost of:

  • Treatment
  • Recovery

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Lumicom enters B2C compliance arena

The UK’s leading WEEE compliance scheme for commercial lighting products, Lumicom, has now extended its services to incorporate producers working within the household lighting sector, effectively covering both the B2B and B2C arenas.

Lumicom’s focus is on supporting its members within the lighting industry to achieve WEEE compliance for disposal and recycling of lighting products. The expansion of its remit to include businesses working with both household and non-household products is the latest in a series of developments within the LIA.

As Steve Davies, CEO of the LIA explains: “This is a very exciting time for the LIA. We have recently opened the largest dedicated lighting testing facility in Europe, the LIA Laboratory, have launched a new website and are developing training provision within the LIA Academy.

“We’re pleased to include Lumicom as part of this drive for improvement and excellence. Our aim in investing in Lumicom’s B2C compliance scheme is to further secure our position as the authority on all lighting compliance matters in the UK.”

Although the current WEEE Regulations governing the disposal of lighting products such as luminaires focus on non-household products, the Government’s approach to the classification of these products has recently changed. Previously, products sold through retailers to consumers were regarded as B2C, with other channels B2B. Changes in the classification mean that products are now defined by their nature, as opposed to their route to market.

By expanding compliance support for its members to include both B2B and B2C products, Lumicom continues to provide seamless support for its members regardless of changes in Government policy and WEEE definitions.


Lumicom Reports Sustained Growth Following Record WEEE Collections 

Lumicom, the not-for-profit producer-compliance scheme for commercial luminaires, has reported a record of 383.83 tonnes of WEEE collected and recycled in just the second quarter of this year.

This figure equals Lumicom’s tonnage for the whole of 2012, clearly demonstrating that Lumicom continues to be the main driving force in luminaire recycling, despite the high number of producer compliance schemes.

Lumicom’s CEO Peter Hunt commented “This increase in collection rates is very gratifying and our philosophy is simple, to make the system as uncomplicated as possible for our customers and to do this we arrange for the collection and safe recycling of luminaires and lamps in accordance with EA (Environment Agency) Regulations.

Peter added “We are seeing a growing demand for recycling of luminaires from construction sites, where tenders now often include a requirement for a waste collection and management strategy. The disposal of end-of-life equipment is now an integral part of project management, not just for legislative compliance but also to meet the sustainability criteria of clients and I anticipate continued growth in luminaire recycling into the future”.

WEEE Regulations changes in Classification of Lighting Equipment as B2B or B2C

Following the recast of the WEEE directive, the Government has now updated its guidance on how Producers should decide if products are classified as Household (B2C), or Non-Household (B2B).

The BIS guidance is available online here

Previously, the approach to classification as B2B or B2C was largely based upon the route to market – broadly speaking, sales through retailers were B2C, and other channels were B2B.  That has now changed.  Instead, Producers should now use the nature of the product as the basis for the decision.   Products that are designed solely for businesses should be classified as B2B.  Those that are designed for consumers, or for both businesses and consumers should be classified as B2C.  The BIS guidance includes general principles, and then specific examples to show how those principles should be applied for each of the different categories of equipment.  It is for each Producer to make their own assessment of their products, using steps 1-3 in the BIS guidance.  It should be noted that guidance on lamps and luminaires inevitably diverges:  lamps are generally more generic and interchangeable than luminaires.

Luminaires (category 5) The BIS guidance states “B2C luminaires aren’t currently covered by the WEEE Regulations so dual use luminaires are out of scope until 2019. An example of a dual use luminaire is a downlight designed to take a GU10 or MR16 lamp.”

We recommend that you classify luminaires (both traditional, and LED integrated) as B2B but the following are examples that could be considered as ‘dual use’.

  • Downlights and spotlights of a domestic scale
  • Batten fittings
  • Domestic scale decorative fittings
  • Corridor/bulkhead luminaires of a domestic scale
  • Any luminaires currently considered as B2C

The above products could all be regarded as dual use, and therefore B2C.  This therefore takes them out of the scope of the WEEE regulations until 2019.  As a result, they are not subject to WEEE and should not be reported to your PCS.    Note that all emergency luminaires should be classified as B2B.

Gas Discharge Lamps and LED Light Sources (category 13) The BIS guidance states “The majority of lamps are designed and capable of dual use so should be classified as B2C. Classify as B2C gas discharge lamps, LED light sources (lamps) and sodium lamps (includes retrofit and non-retrofit lamps). Classify as B2B floodlights for stadiums and lamps used in cinema projectors.”

We recommend that you classify all lamps (both traditional and LED) as B2C except the following:

  • Lamps for use in stadium lighting
  • Xenon and LED cinema projector lamps
  • Any similar lamps designed specifically and solely for industrial applications

As a reminder, all incandescent lamps remain out of scope of the WEEE regulations.

Models must be either B2B or B2C It is important to note that you must classify a product either as B2C or B2B. You cannot split your data to record the same product as partly B2C and partly B2B.  This is a change from the previous system, in which it was possible to record a proportion of product as B2B, and B2C.

Timescales The BIS guidance comes into force with immediate effect, and covers all product declared by Producers from 1st January 2015.  Producers and PCSs are legally required to report the tonnage of B2C EEE put on the market on a quarterly basis.  As a result, wherever possible, classification should be updated to follow the new guidance.  LIA members are advised that B2C data should be submitted to the PCS in April 2015, and quarterly thereafter.

Interplay with energy labelling regulations The Government has confirmed that classifying dual use products as household for the purposes of the WEEE regulations does not mean that those products necessarily need to comply with the energy labelling regulations.  The scope and applicability of the energy labelling regulations is not influenced by classification decisions under the WEEE regulations.

 Contact Simon Cook, Head of Sales on 07880  382391 for more information

Meeting your obligations via membership of Lumicom has several advantages:

  • Lumicom is a part of the Lighting Industry Association whose motivation is to serve the producers of lighting equipment, keeping their interests firmly in mind. It is not a front for the waste management industry or other vested interests. Its Board for example is appointed by the Lighting Industry Association.TheLIA_LOGO_Horizontal-Master_WEB
  • For more information on other services offered by the Lighting Industry Association visit www.thelia.org.uk.
  • Lumicom actually facilitates the recycling of luminaires.
  • This means that your client can be reassured that his policy on sustainability remains intact with the disposal audit leading all the way to an AATF depot. In addition he does not have to provide for the financial cost of recycling neither the luminaires that have been replaced nor the new ones, when eventually they come up for replacement.
  • Lumicom along with the Lighting Industry Association will keep you informed of changes in the WEEE Regulations and kindred environmental legislation.
  • Lumicom is imbued with the culture of the lighting industry and is sensitive to the need to protect your client’s environmental interests.
  • Lumicom will do its best to minimise the impact of the WEEE Regulations upon you by explaining and guiding you as to the best means of compliance.

Although it specialises in lighting equipment, as long as you operate in a business to business (B2B) environment, Lumicom can help you and is more than willing to send along a member of staff to explain your WEEE obligations to you