The European Union’s ban on producing or importing halogen bulbs will go into effect as of September 1, 2018. Back in 2016, Halogen GU10 spotlights were been banned. The new ban effects E27 Edison screw (ES) or B22 bayonet bulbs (BC), reportedly the most common type of halogen bulbs in UK households, and the smaller E14 (SES) and B15 (SBC) models. The ban will affect halogen bulbs with class C or lower efficiency (around 20 LPW or less). The EU uses an efficiency class scale on its bulbs to indicate efficiency, A++ is the most efficient, and E is the least efficient. The efficiency rating scale compares energy consumption over 1000 hours.
The progressive ban of certain types of inefficient lighting began back in 2009. The EU intended the ban to encourage people to switch to more efficient lighting alternatives such as LEDs. Certain halogen bulb models including G4, G9, and R7s bulbs, which some ovens and cooker hoods use are exempt from the ban. These exemptions are because the efficient alternatives are not available or viable. Some companies such as Ikea stopped selling inefficient lighting including halogens several years ago.
Brexit Should not Affect the Halogen Bulb Ban
Despite the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the UK will continue to follow EU laws and regulations.
LEDs Far More Economical than Banned Halogens
In addition to using more power than the more efficient LEDs, halogen bulbs tend to last only about 2,000 hours total. While LED bulbs can be more costly at first, their longer lifetime and improved efficiency compared to halogen more than make up the difference in terms of cost. For example, a halogen bulb that consumes 105 watts of electricity only produces about 1900 lumens for less than 19 lumens per watt (LPW). Whereas LED bulbs frequently provide 90 or even over a hundred LPW.
While early LED bulbs, were often not as warm as other light sources. However, the latest LED bulbs can be if you get the warm white (2700 or 3000K) versions. So, even for people concerned about the quality of light can now get more efficient LED bulbs that pay for themselves compared to halogen bulbs.