British consumers might start finding it more difficult to lay their hands on the halogen spotlight bulbs they’ve used for so long once their stockist’s supplies run out, thanks to an EU edict that has branded them “inefficient”. An EU ban on halogen and traditional incandescent bulbs has been in effect in Continental Europe for quite some time now and, later this year it goes even further, outlawing halogen bulbs such as candle and more traditionally-shaped bulbs, too.
Britain, ever the staunchly traditional and obstinate relative, has thus far resisted a widespread blanket EU ban of all halogen lights and bulbs, however, the measures will begin to take effect here from September 2018 onward.
Why the New Rules?
But why take such seemingly draconian measures to eradicate our formerly beloved halogen bulbs? Well, they’re a lot more expensive to run than other types of energy-saving light bulb, for one thing. But while they consume a similar amount of energy as a traditional incandescent light bulb, they also have a similarly short lifespan of under two years.
The new regulations will aim to encourage consumers to switch to LED Bulbs like the GE LED Energy Smart GU10 (pictured), which cost a great deal less to run than traditional light bulbs and also last a lot longer. Indeed, this particular LED bulb consumes just 10% of the power required by a similarly bright halogen spotlight and will generate lumens efficiently for around ten times as long!
Super Energy Savings!
For instance, a kitchen illuminated for 8 hours a day by six 50 watt halogen spotlights (with lumens equivalent to those of a conventional 50 watt bulb), would typically cost £134.99 to run during the course of a year.
On the other hand, if the room were lit by six of the aforementioned 5.5 watt LED bulbs, the cost would be £14.85 over a year, based on calculations from the Sust-it Energy Calculator.
A spokesperson for the European Environmental Bureau said: “Having already conquered the commercial sector, LEDs are now set to take over in the home. This is thanks to a dramatic crash in their retail price in recent years, combined with EU rules banning wasteful halogen spotlight bulbs from being placed on the EU market from today. This is all excellent news both for consumers and the environment.”
And, they were right, because long-lasting LEDs like the one mentioned above won’t simply cut down on the amount of electricity we’re been squandering on inefficient light bulbs, they’re also manufactured using recyclable materials and contain no environmentally harmful elements such as Mercury either!
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