Why the EU Halogen Lighting Ban Could Be Better for Everyone
If you weren't already aware, from the 1st of September 2018, environmentally unfriendly halogen bulbs were banned from being produced and sold in the EU, two years after the ban was supposed to come into effect.
Despite the delay, consumers were still wary to accept it when the ban came into full force in 2018. With common misconceptions regarding the environmentally friendly alternatives to halogens being endorsed by concerned consumers, we are here to dispel rumours and solidify the facts!
Firstly, don't worry if you still have a house full of halogen bulbs, you won't have to replace them all right now! You can still use the halogen bulbs already in use around your home until they need replacing at which point you will have a host of alternative bulbs to choose from.
But before we take a look at why LED's are the new and improved light bulb we've been waiting for, let's re-cap why the ban is necessary.
Why was the Halogen Ban Introduced?
In an attempt to tackle some of the most important environmental issues in Europe, the European Environmental Bureau has been pushing for the Halogen Lighting Ban for years.
Looking back almost ten years to 2009, the EU began to phase out these halogen light bulbs. Following the phasing out of directional halogen lamps in 2016, all halogen bulbs including the non-directional set are now also banned from being imported or manufactured in the EU.
So, what exactly is so bad about these halogen light bulbs that we have to blanket ban them? Well, the incandescent gas-filled bulbs were deemed inefficient based on the amount of heat (80%) compared to light (20%) that they actually produce.
Producing 4/5 of heat compared to just 1/5 of actual light shows the bulbs' startling inefficiency. This makes them high-energy consumers which in turn has a huge effect on the environment. With most of our energy coming from the burning of fossil fuels, anything we can do to limit our energy consumption will benefit the environment.
Thanks to LED's, the public now have a much more efficient option! Let's take a look at all the wonderful advantages that LED's have.
Halogens vs the Bountiful Benefits of LED Bulbs
Cost Efficient - A typical halogen bulb costs consumers just a fraction of the price that an LED equivalent does so it's easy to see why consumers might fear having no choice other than to kit their whole home out in a host of LED's.
However, Mauro Anastasio, a Communications Officer at the European Environmental Bureau, can put these worries to rest. Anastasio said, “[w]e compared the running cost of a halogen lamp with that of an LED lamp and we found halogen is roughly 6.3 times more expensive to run.”
Emphasising the cost-efficiency of LED's, a big name in the LED lighting industry found that the monthly running cost of a typical halogen was £10.08 compared to its LED equivalent which costs just £0.93.
This huge saving really makes the initial higher price of the LED's worth it. Over a year, with a house full of LED's as opposed to halogens, imagine the savings you could be making!
Choice of Colour Temperature - A common misconception amongst the general public is that LED bulbs are only able to produce a warm white light, making it yellower than the light that halogens produce.
Here at LED Monkey, we know better. Many of our LED bulbs come with a choice in colour temperature which are rated using the useful kelvin scale, allowing you to custom the exact type of light that you want.
But, if you're looking for a more natural light, the lower you go down the Kelvin scale, the warmer the light. At 4000K, the light warms up slightly in colour to produce a light that mimics daylight, suitable for a host of rooms around the home.
Moving towards the bottom of the scale, we then have a warm white that is much more mellow at around 2700K-3000K. This makes it perfect for creating a relaxing tone in your bedroom or living room that will have you feeling chilled out in no time.
So, for whatever space you're trying to brighten up, LED's have a range of colour temperatures to suit it, from a bright white light to a warm white, there are options for everyone.
Environmentally friendly - The whole reason for the change to LED's is for their energy efficiency, so prepare to be astounded by just how efficient these little beauties are and why this helps the environment so much!
Firstly, making the simple and easy change to LED's from conventional halogens is thought to cut your energy consumption by around a whopping 80%!
Mauro Anastasio emphasised why this move away from halogen bulbs is necessary, he said:
"The goal is to prevent environmentally damaging products from being sold in Europe, while also cutting energy bills,”
“With the earth’s climate situation getting more and more worrying, making products that do the same job using less energy does a lot to help.”
And, you won't even have to compromise on quality because you get the same amount of lumens (brightness) than those in a traditional 60-Watt incandescent bulb!
Saving all of this energy subsequently saves the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels which is proven to be the driving factor in the creation of damaging climate change.
Indeed, not only do LEDs reduce the need to burn fossil fuels, they are also totally recyclable, unlike halogens, so you can rest easy knowing that they won't end up in a landfill site at the end of their long life.
Which brings us to another astounding aspect of LED's - many of them now have a life expectancy of around 50,000 to 70,000 hours which far surpasses the average life of a halogen bulb, hence why they are such good value for money in comparison!
And, (yet another bonus) is that LED's do not contain any harmful chemicals like mercury which is found in fluorescent bulbs and can poison the environment it ends up in.
The advantages that LED's have for the environment are clearly vast! Alongside the choice in colour temperature and energy-efficiency, it's hard to see why anyone would want to favour halogens over LED's!
Will Brexit Affect the Ban?
After Brexit, the EU-implemented ban will no longer be applicable to Britain and naturally, there have been questions regarding whether or not manufacturers will decide to return to manufacturing halogen bulbs once we have officially left the EU.
A report conducted by Which? stated: “As with other bans such as the one on vacuum cleaners with high-wattage motors, manufacturers have indicated that they are unlikely to continue producing halogen bulbs specifically for the UK market after Brexit.”
It seems now that the ban has been implemented, we won't be seeing many halogen bulbs back on the British market. With the many benefits of LED bulbs, perhaps the change is here to stay.
Cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly and available in a range of colour temperatures, LED's might be the all-around best option for everyone.
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