As of 1st September 2018 a change in EU legislation means the sale of halogen lightbulbs is now banned.
Stockists will be allowed to sell their remaining supply but will not be able to replenish these. Instead they must offer more energy efficient alternatives, such as LEDs.
Why is the ban happening?
Halogen bulbs use approximately five times more energy than LED bulbs, which means their CO2 emissions are very high and as a result leave a larger carbon footprint.
With the ever-growing focus on tackling climate change, halogen bulbs have been banned in a bid to reduce European CO2 emissions.
Are LED alternatives better?
In short, Yes.
- LED bulbs more cost effective. According to The Carbon Trust, LEDs can use up to 80% less electricity than halogen bulbs (https://www.carbontrust.com/media/31638/ctl164_how_to_implement_led_lighting.pdf)
- Halogen bulbs have a much shorter life span than other types of lighting available, lasting around 2,000 hours. Whereas LED bulbs last for around 25,000 hours.
- Lastly, LEDs also offer a superior quality of directional lighting – vital for those working in environments such retail where the appearance of a product is key to securing a sale.
“The halogen ban proves what we’ve known for some time; namely that LEDs are more sustainable and they are also vastly more cost effective over their entire life.” Comments Bob Hall, Managing Director at Greenlite.
“For many sectors, particularly those in the retail arena, this is a watershed moment, if businesses haven’t already made the change then they absolutely must.
“At Greenlite, we’re here to provide support and advice to anyone who is shifting from halogen to LED, ensuring that cash savings and energy efficiency are available to every business.”