Sales of halogen light bulbs to be banned from September

June 13, 2021

Halogen light bulbs will be banned from this September as part of a raft of measures by the UK government to tackle climate change.

The move is likely to impact landlords and others in the lettings sector and may involve replacing outdated fittings.

The new legislation would mean retailers will no longer be able to sell the majority of halogen bulbs for general household use in the UK from 1 September.

The A+, A++ or A+++ ratings will be replaced by a new A-G scale aimed at simplifying the way energy efficiency is displayed. The legislation, set to be brought forward this month, will also see the sale of fluorescent lights banned from September 2023.

Light fittings with fixed bulbs that can’t be replaced will also have to be replaced under the new legislation.
The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018 and the move to energy-saving lightbulbs is already well underway, with around two-thirds of bulbs sold in Britain being LED lights.

LED light bulbs, which last five times longer than traditional halogen lightbulbs and produce the same amount of light while using 80% less power, are estimated to account for 85% of all bulbs sold by 2030.

The measures will stop 1.26m tonnes of carbon being emitted every year, the government says, the equivalent of removing over half a million cars from the UK’s roads.

The move is part of a package of energy efficiency improvements to electrical appliances which are estimated to save consumers an average of £75 a year on energy bills.

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