Halogen light bulbs will be banned from sale in the UK from today.
From October 1, stores will no longer be allowed to sell energy drain bulbs, which means homes will have to buy more efficient LEDs instead.
Why are halogen bulbs being banned?
The ban on halogen light bulbs has come as part of measures to tackle climate change.
Switching to LED bulbs is expected to reduce 1.26 million tons of CO2, equivalent to removing more than half a million cars.
The UK began phasing out energy-powered halogen bulbs in 2018, with the government announcing in June that they would be off the shelf this year.
The ban was originally scheduled to begin on September 1, but will now take effect on October 1.
LED light bulbs have a lot of energy, using 80% less electricity than halogen and fluorescent bulbs, making them much cheaper to operate.
Bulbs also last longer than many years, which means that homes will not have to be replaced again and again.
A spokesman for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “Phasing out inefficient, energy-efficient halogen light bulbs will cut 1.26 million tonnes of CO2.
“This short delay of one month will ensure that these new requirements can be effectively implemented immediately after resuscitation.”
The government wants 85% of all light bulbs sold by 2030 to be LED light bulbs. At present, they are only two-thirds.
The sale of fluorescent lights in the UK will also be banned, although it will not take effect until 1 September 2023.
The ban will also include the sale of light fixtures with bulbs that cannot be replaced.
Homes cost £ 100 to replace bulbs.
Although the ban on the sale of halogen bulbs will take effect on October 1, households will not face a deadline to replace any bulbs in their home.
Instead, they will be allowed to slowly replace the halogen bulbs in their home when they run out.
The Energy Saving Trust previously estimated that replacing each halogen bulb with an LED would cost an average household £ 100 a year.
However, replacing them will pay off over time, as the switch can reduce energy bills by more than 200 200 a year. Compare market research..
When the ban was announced in June, Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyn said: “We’re getting rid of the old obsolete halogen bulbs, so we can move faster and longer to longer LED bulbs. , Which means less waste and a brighter and cleaner future for Britain
“By ensuring that electrical appliances use less energy but perform better, we save households money on their bills and help tackle climate change.”
Other energy saving measures.
The ban on halogen bulbs follows other energy-saving measures in the UK to help tackle climate change.
This includes a new repair right on electrical products, which came into force in July, requiring companies to fix appliances, including TVs, washing machines and refrigerators.
This means that electrical appliances can be repaired more easily, which helps deal with the 1.5 million tonnes of electronic waste generated in the UK each year.
By making repair parts readily available, product life will be extended to 10 years to avoid premature disposal of equipment and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.
Drivers are also being encouraged to use more environmentally friendly fuels on forks as the E10 replaces the E5 with standard gasoline since September, and as part of efforts to offer homeowners a green alternative. Gas boilers will be banned from 2025.