EU-Wide Ban on Halogen Lamps 2018

European Eco Design Directive

On September 1st 2018 the long awaited European ban on halogen lamps is in effect. This plan was originally planned to be implemented in 2016 but has suffered delays partly due  to the industry believing LEDs were not at the right stage in the market.

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What Does the Ban Cover

The ban covers low voltage mains connected 230v halogen lamps which includes

  • standard halogen lamps with E14 and E27 bases in pear and candle shape
  • Small spots lights with for example with GU10 bases 

This is the final stage of a European Union directive (EC 244/2009) which has previously banned similar lights. Back in 2009 the EU banned the original incandescent lamp and spotlight lamps were banned in 2016

The halogen lamp evolved over 60 years ago from the traditional incandescent lamp.
The addition of halogen as a modification to incandescent lamps improved efficiency and performance along with increasing lamp life.

The ban will exempt a small few specialist uses of these lamps such as in oven.
I believe this is a positive move and sends a strong signal  that the EU is serious about their climate change commitments.

Other countries including the united states are considering similar bans with some countries already implementing this.

The annual energy savings that have been predicted as a result of implementing this change are estimates to be similar to the the total annual electricity  usage of Portugal and will have a CO² emissions saving of equivalent to that of 2 million people per year by 2025.

The intention is that LED technology will fill the void. LEDs consume approximately five times less energy than halogen, have much longer life spans and are far more efficient, in some lamps up to 200 lumens per watt.

Some consumers have expressed concerns with the higher initial cost of an LED lamp compared to halogen, however the longer life of the LED which can be up to 12 times that of halogen combined with the energy savings will result in considerable savings for consumers in the long run.

From the 1st of September it will not be permitted to import new stocks of halogen lamps within the EU. It will however be permitted to sell and use up any existing stocks within the relevant countries.

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