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New Ecodesign rules for light bulbs from September 2018!

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As of 1 September 2018 energy intensive and inefficient halogen lightbulbs will no longer be sold across the European Union. As a result of these rules, European consumers will be able to save on their household bills and, by addressing this at EU level, this will mean significant EU-wide energy savings – equivalent to the electricity consumption of Portugal over 5 years.

The changes are part of the EU's Ecodesign Work Programme which is an element of the EU's action to put energy efficiency first and to lead the clean energy transition.

This decision relates to mains-voltage non-directional halogen light bulbs. It does not cover halogen bulbs often used in desk lamps and flood lights (such as the R7s,G9 and G4 lamps) for which exemptions have been granted because affordable alternatives are not yet largely available on the market; nor does it cover low voltage directional halogen lamps, such as popular spotlights.

The decision aims the replacing of the halogen bulbs with efficient lamps, such as the LED technology.

LED bulbs tend to use much less energy, often less than 10% of the halogen equivalent. With most households having a handful of such bulbs, the potential savings in energy consumption are likely to be significant. Bearing in mind that many consumers have already switched at least some of their lighting to LED bulbs. The 2013 impact study of these changes estimated that, once fully implemented (i.e. when all households will have switched all lamps concerned from halogen to LED), the likely savings in annual electricity consumption across the whole of the EU-28 would be 9.4 TWh a year – equivalent to Estonia’s annual energy consumption.

For more background details, see technical Memo.

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