Why did the EU ban Halogen fittings?

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Why did the EU ban Halogen fittings?

The EU made a ban on Halogen fittings back in 2016, predominantly due to the inefficiency of the light. It used a lot more energy than the new style LEDs and only lasted for around 2000 hours, whereas new style LEDs can last for around 12,000 hours.


The final phase of EU energy regulations came into effect on the 1st September 2018, banning them from sale.

The European Union directive (EC 244/2009) has progressively banned less efficient light sources, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions across the EU, starting with traditional incandescent light bulbs in 2009.

Long-term LED savings

LEDs can be initially more expensive than a halogen light fitting, however in the long run you will save on efficiency and life span of the fitting with and LED.

The ban includes the classic-style halogen bulbs (known as ‘non-directional’ bulbs) which are made of glass, are operated without a transformer, and emit light in all directions. Halogen light bulbs fall foul of the regulations as they use much more energy than alternatives such as LEDs or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.

What is a halogen bulb made of?

A halogen bulb is made of fused quartz and filled with the same inert gasses as an incandescent lamp, mixed with small amount of halogen gas. Most halogens are typically produced from minerals and salts, chlorine, bromine and iodine, which are also often used as disinfectants.

Nowadays 80% of people should be using LED fittings/ bulbs as these are the most technologically advanced and energy efficient options.

Hilclare has a carbon free future at heart and as part of the wider Pilot Group we are working to promote and support businesses reducing their carbon emissions. Therefore 100% of Hilclare light fittings are LED high efficiency, capable of sensors, controls and can be fitted with our energy management system.

Read our blog on making your facility operate cheaper for more details.

For more information on how to reduce your carbon emissions speak to the Hilclare team.

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