Are Halogen and CFLs to be banned in Europe?
A new law requiring bulbs to have a minimum efficiency of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W could be passed by 2020, effectively banning both halogen and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Standard halogen lamps have an efficiency of around 25 lumens per watt, whilst compact fluorescent lamps are around 60 lumens per watt, therefore they will no longer fall under the new regulations.
Halogen and compact fluorescent bulbs have slowly been phased out due to the new Ecodesign laws enforced by the European Union, this coming September sees the phasing out of non-directional halogen bulbs, including candles, GLS, globe and golf ball shapes.
These news laws represent a big shift in the types of light sources from CFL to LED as CFL light bulbs were introduced in the 1990s as an eco-friendly bulb, however the presence of mercury and the cool colour temperature often put many people off of the idea of using them.
There will be very few people who will mourn the loss of CFL bulbs, tungsten halogens however, already have a campaign fighting their ban. Mainly from the entertainment industry where they are widely used in stage lighting.
Here at The Internet Retailer we believe that these inevitable bans are a move in the right direction for the lighting industry and more importantly the environment. With much more eco-friendly LED light bulbs coming in all shapes and fittings as well as various light colours, it is now a no-brainer to switch your lighting to LEDs. Not only will you save money on your energy bills and not have to replace light bulbs every few months, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint and do your bit to protect the planet!