The sale of halogen bulbs will be banned from September this year, with high-energy fluorescent bulbs to follow suit, according to new UK government climate plans.
The measure is expected to reduce 1.26 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year – the equivalent of removing more than half a million cars from UK roads – and is part of stricter energy efficiency rules that will cost consumers £75 per year.years will save, according to the Business Department.
The UK started phasing out sales of higher energy consumption halogen lamps in 2018 under EU-wide rules; now retailers will no longer be able to sell most of the remaining stock of halogen lamps, such as kitchen spotlights, from September 2021.
It will help continue the shift to energy-efficient LED bulbs, which already account for about two-thirds of bulbs sold in Britain, and LEDs are expected to account for 85 percent of all bulbs sold by 2030, officials said.
LED bulbs last five times longer than traditional halogen bulbs and produce the same amount of light while consuming up to 80 percent less power.
To help people choose the most efficient incandescent light bulbs, changes are being made to the energy labels consumers see on bulb packaging, with the current A+, A++ and A+++ ratings being removed and an AG rating for light bulbs instead.
efficiency, with only the most efficient lamps receiving an A rating. The legislation will also include measures to phase out high-energy fluorescent lamps, such as fluorescent lamps commonly found in offices, with a view to ending sales from September 2023.
Officials said that LED bulbs in the fluorescent fixtures could be included as a more energy efficient alternative.
The new rules for incandescent light bulbs are part of a package of measures to save consumers money, including the right to have goods repaired, the new energy labels and higher efficiency standards for white goods, TVs and other appliances. Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
“We are permanently phasing out old inefficient halogen lamps so we can move faster to longer-life LED lamps, which means less waste and a better and cleaner future for the UK.
By ensuring that electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we save households money on their bills and help tackle climate change.” Stephen Rouatt, chief executive of Signify UK, which owns Philips Lighting, said:
“Using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen and fluorescent lighting on an even greater scale will significantly help the UK on its path to decarbonisation, as well as reducing the annual electricity bill for consumers.
” The UK government’s announcement mirrors that of the EU in March this year, which also focused on incandescent light bulbs, the right to repair and the introduction of new efficiency ratings for white goods, which the UK is now adopting.
many illuminating stories, such as the life of Lewis Latimer, the son of former black slaves, who eventually worked with both Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison in his quest for the best design for a viable incandescent lamp.
Research on incandescent lamps continues today. In April of this year, researchers at the University of Houston presented a prototype LED lamp that produces a warm white light, addressing certain health problems associated with continuous exposure to LED lighting.