2016 is the year LED light bulbs will go mainstream in Europe. Having already conquered the commercial sector, LEDs are now set to take over in the...
September will see a battle of industrial interests against long-agreed policies to support super-efficient lighting, with hundreds of millions of Euros at risk for both industry and home energy bills.
An EU ban on wasteful halogen light bulbs has been frozen by two years following a vote in Brussels today. The decision by the Ecodesign Regulatory Committee of member state representatives will wipe out €6.6 billion in energy savings and keep household energy bills high, according to environmental campaign Coolproducts. It is the first time the EU has rolled back a product-related efficiency law.
Governments could block €6.6billion in consumer energy savings by slowing the rapid advance of LED light bulbs in Europe, according to a new report. The EU is set to phase out all non-directional light bulbs rated energy class C or lower next September, including many halogen bulbs. Industry strongly endorsed the move when it was agreed back in 2009, but now say efficient LED bulbs will not be ready to take over. Government experts will soon vote on a possible two-year delay, backed by market evidence from the European Commission. Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic have publicly supported a delay as recently as January 2015.
The most inefficient light bulbs are being sold as ‘eco’ by major brands across Europe, an investigation by Coolproducts has found, just as the UN launches the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.
Halogen bulbs are 10 times more wasteful than today’s best real eco alternatives according to the latest research, earning them a typical EU energy label grade of D or C, compared to an A++ for the best LED bulbs. Using halogens will typically drive up energy bills by £35 per year compared to true eco alternatives, according to UK experts.