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EU bans halogen lamps per 1 September 2018

LEDs are set to bring a bright and green future to Europe.

The lower electricity requirements of LEDs promise a smaller energy bill for all consumers as well as a reduced CO2 output for our environment.

As of September 1st 2018, stores in the EU are no longer allowed to stock up on energy-inefficient halogen lamps; a measure in favor of light-emitting-diodes (LEDs). The decision to place a ban on halogen lamps was originally made by the EU Member States in 2009 and was intended to go into practice on September 1st 2016. On the 17th of April 2015, the Member states agreed, however, that it was too early to pull the plug on halogen lamps due to the need for further LED development, particularly with regards to the high costs of LEDs for consumers. Hence, although part of the halogen lamps were banned on September 1st 2016, the ban on some commonly used halogen lamps was postponed to September 1st 2018.

The present ban specifically affects non-directional halogen lamps, including the typical pear-shaped and candle-shaped light bulbs. However, some specialized types of halogen lamps, such as those used in high temperature environments, remain exempt from the bans as no suitable alternatives are currently available.

On the short-term, the ban will lead to slightly higher consumer expenses as LEDs remain more costly than halogen lamps. However, on the long-term the financial benefit for the consumer easily outshines these initial costs as:

  • LEDs typically have a lifetime years longer than halogen lamps, ultimately resulting in lower replacement costs.
  • LEDs may use up to ten times less electricity as halogen lamp having an identical luminescence (brightness).

At EDP Patent Attorneys, we celebrate the move towards newer technologies for a brighter and greener future.

We look forward to continue providing our clients with IP support to do our part in getting sustainable innovation; from initial idea to a product with impact.


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