Sales of halogen lightbulbs are to be banned in the UK from 1st September, with fluorescent lights to follow, under government climate change plans.
The move will save a massive 1.26 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year and deliver consumers savings, officials say. Legislation for the plan is being brought forward this month by the government.
The plan will help continue the shift to low-energy LED lightbulbs, which account for about two-thirds of lights now sold in Britain.
Halogen bulbs use approximately five times the amount of energy than LED bulbs. The aim of the ban is to cut down on the CO2 emissions caused by halogen bulbs. It is expected that LEDs will account for 85% of all bulbs sold by 2030, officials said.
LED lights can last ten times longer than traditional halogen bulbs and produce the same amount of light, but use up to 80% less power.
Chief Executive of Signify UK, which owns Philips lighting, Stephen Rouatt, said:
“We welcome the UK government’s next step in the transition towards more sustainable lighting products. Using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, as well as lowering the annual electricity bills for consumers.”
While LED bulbs cost more per bulb to purchase than halogen, it will cost less to run and they won’t requiring changing for a substantial time. In fact, when used for 8 hours a day, one bulb can last 17 years.
LED bulbs are available in various shapes and sizes to suit all light fittings and shades. They also come in a range of lighting options, from cool, bright light to warm soft lighting.