The Halogen Ban – Your Questions Answered
Ultra LEDs, inspirational LED lighting supplier, sheds some light on the halogen lightbulb ban which comes into play in September 2018.
Due to new EU eco-design regulations, retailers will no longer be able to buy halogen bulbs from the 1st of September. Following the incandescent ban in 2009, halogens are the next to follow suit in an effort to improve the environmental impact of EU products.
You don’t need to remove your halogens until they run out and some people will consider stocking up on halogens – however Ultra LED’s recommends that this is simply a waste of money. So it’s certainly a good idea to switch to an LED bulb when the time comes.
Why? Because halogens are hugely inefficient – the typical halogen bulb uses on average £11 of electricity per year compared to just £2 required for an LED bulb. Although slightly cheaper to buy than an LED, they also fail a lot quicker than their successors. LED bulbs typically last around 15 to 20 years – much longer than the 2 years expected from a halogen – making them much more cost effective in the long-run (The Energy Saving Trust).
But amongst this technological shift how do you know what to buy? Here at Ultra LEDs we pride ourselves on being experts in the field, and we are here to offer you advice and guidance throughout the transition. So, here are some FAQs answered:
Are LED bulbs as good as halogens?
No – they’re better! Some critics claim LEDs are dimmer than halogens or that they give off an unnatural glare. LED technology has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years alone and such concerns are now outdated. As pioneers in the field we are personally designing and developing new products and bringing them to the market. From cheaper lighting bills to the many different effects you can achieve, LED lighting is now far superior to traditional lighting methods. Not only will this ban result a massive 15.2 million tonne reduction in Europe’s carbon footprint by 2025, it will revolutionise the way we light our homes and offices.
Do LED bulbs fit traditional sockets?
Yes, most bulbs are available in Edison or bayonet fittings as with traditional bulbs. However, when halogens are fitted within a ceiling (as with many kitchens) it is common for a transformer to be used. These transformers aren’t usually compatible with LED alternatives as they tend to flicker. In this case many alternative transformers are available as a suitable solution, however professional help is recommended for installation. Please ask a member of our technical team for more information on which lighting system is right for you.
Flickering LEDs? Shop our range of transformers here
What’s Watt? It’s all about lumens now.
Where a bulb’s brightness is traditionally described in terms of wattage (its power or energy), an LED bulb’s brightness is expressed in terms of lumens – the measurement of light output.
To give you a gauge of comparison a traditional 60w halogen bulb gives off the equivalent of around 700 lumens. As LEDs use less power, their wattage is much lower and yet their luminosity is equivalent; an 8.5w LED bulb is equivalent to a 75w incandescent bulb, while a 13.5w LED is equal to a 100w old-style bulb.
Which bulbs are right for me?
Here at Ultra-LEDs we make it easier than ever before to find energy efficient LED bulbs which offer attractive lighting for your home. “We can help you choose which LED bulbs you need,” Marketing Manager, Juliette Mullineux, says, “We stock hundreds of bulbs suitable for all homes and businesses.” We recommend our range of GLS (General Lamp Shape) bulbs if you are looking for a straight swap with your halogens. Available in different shapes, wattages and fittings we’re confident we will have the right bulb for you. We stock an extensive range of decorative filament bulbs, if you want a statement style which will stand out from the crowd. Shop the range here
Combining LED lighting with a smart control system is also a really good idea – the right controller doesn’t just offer you the ability to dim your LED lighting, it also extends lamp life and saves on energy.
So the ban isn’t so bad after all. The rise of LED technology means that the opportunities are endless. You can now create modern, stylish lighting features in your home at a fraction of the running costs of traditional bulbs.