Obsolete Products & Industry Changes

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That time consuming moment, often stressful situation, where your customer gives you a specific part they require, by tomorrow, only to find its actually been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Well, it happens a lots in lighting, as we well know here at Bernlite.

That’s why Bernlite has been in existence for over 30 years – we know what to do, and we’ve seen it all in those years… panic often ensues, only for a solution to then present itself, because of our deep knowledge.

Bernlite, unlike many other ‘pretenders’ actually invest in stock… extensive stock!

For many years and for many of the manufacturers, Bernlite has been able to offer parts that many, if not all ‘pretenders’ say are obsolete. That’s because they didn’t have the foresight nor plans to actually buy stock to assist their customer base. Bernlite does this, consistently. In fact many of the manufacturers themselves now rely on us to become their back up stockist, often passing their own customers to us for these parts.

Bernlite also, when notified of ranges to be discontinued will immediately plan for either taking in extra stock or indeed ascertain if not identical replacements, at the very least, suitable replacements… but BEFORE the obsoletion actually occurs! Do others have the foresight to do this, or even the expertise?

All our staff are trained by the manufacturers themselves, whether in house or going on courses and visiting relevant factories directly.

Whenever in doubt call us first, or last, it matters not, we will be able to assist where most, if not all others can’t!

Our last bit of advice – Don’t believe everything you hear…until you have it confirmed by Bernlite Limited. We have come across hundreds of damaging situations in these last 30 years where customers have been incorrectly advised by a ‘pretender’ on replacements generally, but worse, the original product still existed in stock!

Timeline of recent industry / manufacturer changes (since 2009)

September 2015

Tridonic will be discontinuing a vast proportion of their HID Electronic range, the PCI. They will still be offering certain popular solutions, but in general their range will now be vastly reduced, as their focus switches more to their LED portfolio.

Bernlite has already invested in a massive amount of these parts, across the board. This even includes the PCI FOX for Dali installations. Once we do run out of the original parts, we are already in place to offer suitable alternatives from a myriad of other recognised brands.

Please call 01923 200 160 for up to date stock levels and further information.

July 2015

Tridonic to exit Ignitor market – Following the withdraw from the HID magnetic (wire wound) ballasts in December 2013. This will also affect a vast range of products PREFIXED ZRM & LRM.

Bernlite has invested heavily, where possible, in stock but owing to very large volumes in sales, this stock will not last long. However, Bernlite has ready made equivalents or suitable replacements.

Please call 01923 200 160 for up to date information on stock and other brands.

December 2013

Tridonic exit Magnetic ballast market: ‘The company is generating the necessary response to the restrictions that EU legislation will impose on inefficient magnetic technology from 2017 onwards’ Read the press release.

This has affected a huge range of products including: OMB, OMBIS, OMBS, OMBI, OGL, OGLS, OGLIS, TMDA, EC, ECIS, ECTH,ECM, OFLIS, UEC, OM PAK.

Bernlite ALWAYS suggest calling our sales office on 01923 200 160 or contact us to obtain exact equivalents or suitable replacements from a variety of other manufacturers still producing wire wound gear.

We do still have some original parts in stock; please call 01923 200 160 to check stock.


Harvard Engineering cease production of their emergency combo range the DE.

Bernlite have been supplying a variety of equivalents to suit this discontinued range. Please contact us for up to date products.


Huco Lightronic taken over by BAG electronics.