New rules mean energy intensive and inefficient light bulbs can’t be sold
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Energy intensive and inefficient halogen light bulbs are no longer able to be sold across the European Union the European Commission has said.
The new measures will not apply to products that are already on the shelves in stores, but only to new products produced in or imported to the EU.
The EC added that the new rules came into force on the 1st of September and will mean that European consumers will be able save on their household bills resulting on significant EU-wide energy savings, which the EC explained will be the equivalent to the electricity consumption of Portugal – over 5 years.
The changes to the EU rules relate to standard halogen bulbs, but exclude those used in desk lamps and floodlights.
The EC added that the halogen bulbs will be replaced by LED-light bulbs, which due to innovation have become safer, more affordable, and more energy efficient.
Originally decided in 2009 by the Member States and the European Parliament, the EC said that the new rules were reconfirmed in 2015, however their introduction was deferred by two years until September 2018 so as to ensure that sufficient affordable alternatives would be available.
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