Starting from September 1st, the European Union’s ban on the sale of halogen bulbs comes into effect. The goal of the legislation is to reduce the consumption of electricity per household.
Halogen bulbs are expected to be changed by LED lights. Later tend to be more expensive up front, but provide a lot of different savings: they last longer, consume less energy, and by that save money to household’s member.
Lighting manufacturer Philips estimated that consumers can save up to $144 per year from the transition to LED lights.
The saving on energy consumption also means getting closer to the goal of cutting carbon emissions. According to pre-estimated statistics provided by proponents of the policy, electricity savings across the EU of up to 93 terawatts each year by 2020, or the equivalent of Portugal’s annual electricity usage.
Going deeper into analytics, we can see that saving of this amount of energy will save 15.2 million tons of CO² emissions by 2025. This is equivalent to the emissions generated by around 2 million people per year. This information was provided to CNN by Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, European Commission spokeswoman for climate action and energy.
Itkonen added that the ban will also help reduce oil imports to the European Union by nearly 75 million barrels a year.
This measure was announced in 2009 by EU member states. Initially, the ban of halogen bulbs was planned to come into effect by September 1st, 2016. However, it was postponed to allow EU citizens more time to transition to LED.
More specifically, the law will not ban the sale of halogen bulbs immediately. Shops will be allowed to sell remaining stock, but they will not be able to order more after the date mentioned above. The only exception will be allowed for oven lights that are halogens.
However, not everyone is satisfied with the policy. According to Jonathon Bullock, UKIP energy spokesman in the European Parliament, “The EU’s attempt to ban halogen bulbs is wrong because consumers will suffer financially and it’s always the poorest who suffer most from these kinds of policies.”