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Lights out for high energy bulbs this autumn

June 14th 2021

Lights out for high energy bulbs this autumn.

From September 2021, the Government banned the sale of halogen light bulbs and from September 2023, legislation will also include the removal of fluorescent lights from shelves in a bid to tackle climate change.

The plans also include a ban from September on the sale of lighting fixtures with fixed bulbs that can’t be replaced – meaning the fixtures have to be thrown away. 

The alternative are LED lights, which the government claims last five times longer than traditional halogen lightbulbs and produce the same amount of light, but use up to 80 per cent less power.  

Currently, around two-thirds of bulbs sold in Britain are LED lights, making a considerable impact in improving the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. 

The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018.  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 September 1.

The government says these measures will stop 1.26 million tonnes of carbon being emitted every year - 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 will save consumers an average of £75 a year on energy bills.

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