The European Commission is set to vote on whether to honour the proposed ban of halogen light bulbs in favour of energy-efficient class B bulbs in 2016, or whether to extend it until 2018.
The vote comes after industry experts raised concerns over the pricing and quality of energy efficient bulb technology such as LEDs and CFLs, and suggested that pushing back the ban could allow designers enough time to develop energy-saving technology to shorten the gap between LEDs and halogen alternatives.
However, although the price of LED and energy saving bulbs can seem high in comparison to their halogen predecessors, the money saved on energy bills by use of these fittings can offset the initial cost in an average of 12 months, with long term savings.
Steven Ellwood, managing director of lighting supplier BLT Direct, says, ‘We understand the concerns of the experts who want to delay the halogen ban in order to iron out some issues. But at BLT Direct, we believe the commission should stick with the 2016 ban date. Many people in the UK are already coming around to the idea of energy-saving lighting options, and implementing the ban sooner rather than later would see plenty of benefits for consumers, not to mention the environment.’
BLT Direct offers a range of low-energy LEDs and similar bulbs after discontunuing their halogen range. Retrofit replacements for halogen bulbs are also available.