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Halogen bulbs banned by EU’s from the end of this month

From September the halogen bulbs will no longer be manufactured and shoppers will only be able to buy remaining stocks for use at home. A similar shopping stampede took place four years ago when the EU restricted the sale and manufacture of high-powered vacuum cleaners.

Tesco and Co-Op both reported sales jumping – by 44 per cent and 38 per cent respectively – in the fortnight immediately before the ban. The EU expects householders to replace halogen bulbs with LED versions, which can last up to 20 years.

EU claims energy-efficient LED lamps will pay back their cost within a year and save the buyer more than £100 over their lifetime. And the Energy Saving Trust says bills will be cut because LEDs use a fifth of the energy burned by halogen bulbs.

This is the final stage of an EU directive banning the import or manufacture of “incandescent light bulbs” which dates back to 2009. Since then, different types of bulbs have been slowly disappearing from the market.

The move is part of a Europe-wide scheme to reduce energy use. New regulations were due in 2016, but the EU found the technology was not ready to fully replace halogen lamps, leading to the two-year delay.

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