What the EU Halogen Lighting Ban Will Mean
Halogen light bulbs feature a tungsten filament which glows as electricity passes through it to produce light. Bulbs also contain halogen gas to extend the life of the filament and intensify light generated.
Unfortunately, halogen lighting (like classic incandescent lighting before it), is nowhere near as efficient as modern LED lighting, which has resulted in the European Union phasing it out under European Commission directive EC 244/2009.
But what will this mean when old halogen lamps run their course and need replacing?
Rob Holroyd from LampShopOnline, says consumers and businesses should not panic! Despite reports of customers stockpiling the soon-to-be-obsolete bulbs, stocks will last for up to a year, even if prices are likely to rise marginally as retailers cash in on the change.
Once stocks do run out, the public will no longer be able to buy halogen bulbs. Only special-purpose lights such as projector lamps and stage lighting will be available in store or from specialist shops online.
The switch to LED lighting will be painless, as most LED bulb brands will have created a shape to fit the old halogen-type sockets. So there’s no need to run out and buy new lamps or light fittings.
If you’re unsure, simply compare the size of your existing bulb with an LED. The four standard bulbs found in the UK are: B22 bayonet cap, E27 Edison screw, B15 small bayonet and the E14 Edison screw cap, where the number refers to the diameter of the base, in millimetres.
It is worth noting, however, that Gu10 spotlight bulbs which are typically found above kitchen counters, will also be banned from September 2018.
A bulb’s brightness is measured in lumens. Generally, a classic (incandescent) 60W bulb will produce 700 lumens, whilst a 100W bulb will produce 1,300. Many LED brands will show lumens as well as the equivalent wattage of old-style bulbs on their packaging.
“Generally speaking, the change to LED is good for everyone,” says Rob. “According to figures from lighting manufacturer Philips, a global move towards LED lighting will lead to energy savings of as much as 53 per cent.
“It’s also ideal for businesses and householders, as anyone swapping to LEDs will see an immediate and noticeable difference in their energy bill, and can even compare consumption if they have a smart meter installed".