From September 1st 2018, the vast majority of halogen light bulbs will cease to be sold across Europe. A study conducted on 1,235 LED lighting consumers shows that only 1 in 20 people are aware that it’s coming.
If you’re part of the remaining 95%, then read on – we’ll be covering all the bases.

Why Is There A Ban Happening On Halogen Light Bulbs?
The reason is simple. Halogen and incandescent light bulbs are largely inefficient with their energy, especially when compared to newer compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs. For this reason, the member states of the European Union agreed to phase them out in a bid to reduce carbon footprints and become more environmentally friendly.

So They’ll All Be Gone After September 2018?
Well not exactly. The phase out has already begun. In September 2009, 100W halogens were effectively discontinued, or made more efficient.
Then, in September 2016, directional halogen bulbs such as spotlights and downlights were banned too. So 2018 is basically the next step.

What’s Going In 2018 Then?

The 2018 ban will see non-directional halogen light bulbs discontinued – essentially prohibiting the import and sale of your average 60W halogen light bulb that many still use in their homes.
Interestingly, this ban was supposed to come into effect in 2016, alongside the directional halogen ban too, but due to pressure from the lighting industry amid concerns over the ability to cope with the demand for LED bulbs, the ban was pushed back by 2 years.

Which Bulbs Can I Buy After 2018?
You’ll have 2 main options. The first is CFLs, or more commonly known as “energy saving bulbs”. These have already been on the market for a number of years.
The second option is LEDs, which are becoming more widely adopted by businesses and homeowners around the country, and use the least electricity out of all the options.

Will These New Bulbs Cost More?

In all probability, yes. The survey carried out by Wholesale LED Lights – an online retailer of LED lighting products – also found that 3 in 5 people from a sample of 1,742 customers thought the price of LED lights was either expensive or very expensive.
Manufacturers and retailers claim though that the extra price per bulb can be gained back within a year from savings made via energy bills and lower maintenance.
Added to that, as is the case with any new technology, as time goes on manufacturing costs fall, which is then reflected in the price the consumer pays.
With the low energy lighting revolution imminent, and most of the British population unaware, it’s important to understand what these changes mean for you. A push towards more efficient lighting will help with sustainability and with your own energy demands too.
You can read more information about the results of the featured survey here, including interesting stats about what people value regarding LED lights, and their awareness of smart bulbs/home automation systems.

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