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EU Halogen Ban: Everything you need to know about the ban on halogen bulbs

EU Halogen Ban

From the end of this month, halogen light bulbs will be banned in the UK as a result of EU legislation coming into effect on 1 September. The legislation is designed to push consumers and businesses into switching to energy efficient LED lighting, reducing Europe’s carbon footprint and saving people money in the process.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ban, how it will affect you and what you need to do.

Do I need to get rid of my halogens on 1 September?

No. You can continue using your halogens and simply replace them when needed, although switching to LED bulbs now will enable you to start saving money on your lighting sooner.

Will I be able to buy halogens after 1 September?

Yes. Suppliers of halogen bulbs will be permitted to sell their existing stock when the ban comes into effect.

I’ve heard that being forced to switch to LEDs will increase my lighting costs. Is this true?

No. While the upfront cost of LED bulbs is higher than halogens, LEDs use 80 to 90% less electricity than halogens, so they are much cheaper to run. In addition, LEDs last up to 15 times longer than halogens, so you will need to replace them less often. These two key facts mean that you will save a considerable amount of money by switching to LEDs.

You can learn more about how much you could save by switching to LED here.

Can I simply replace halogens with LEDs, or will I need an electician?

Most halogens can just be swapped for their equivalent LEDs. The only exception is low voltage spotlights, such as MR16s, MR11s and G4s. These will need a suitable transformer to power them.

I’m used to buying bulbs according to wattage. What are the equivalent wattages for LEDs?

The brightness of LED light bulbs is displayed in lumens, although most LED manufacturers will include the equivalent halogen wattage on the packaging to make things easier. Generally speaking, a 100 Watt halogen will be replaced by a 12 Watt LED.

Will dimmable LEDs work with my existing dimmer switches?

In most instances, no. You will need an LED-compatible dimmer switch to use dimmable LEDs.

What are colour temperatures?

The improved technology of LED lighting means that you can select bulbs by colour temperature (measured in Kelvins) as well as lumen output. These vary from cool white to warm white, with daylight being more neutral. You can learn more about colour temperatures here.

Will the ban still apply in spite of Brexit?

Yes. As long as the UK is in the EU in must abide by their laws, including this one. Even when the UK does leave the EU, it is very unlikely that lighting manufacturers will continue to make halogens if they can only be sold in a few countries.

Why should I buy my LEDs from LED Hut?

All of our LUMiLiFe LEDs come with a free three year warranty, along with free delivery. We are also very competitive of price and offer 30 day returns, so if you but the wrong bulb, you can simply return it for a refund or replacement.

You can view our full range of LED bulbs here.

16 Responses to EU Halogen Ban: Everything you need to know about the ban on halogen bulbs

  1. Reg Sheppard says:

    I have 2 G4 halogen spotlights in my cooker hood. Is it possible to replace them with LEDs? If so, how?

    • Jamie / LED Expert says:

      Hi Reg,

      Yes you can, but it might not be as straight forward as simply swapping them. You’ll need to check that the transformer is able to power the total wattage of the LEDs you plan to use. You should be able to find the information you need in the manufacturer’s documents or on the transformer itself.

      For example, if you wanted to use two of the 2.5 Watt G9 LEDs for a total of 5 Watts, and the existing transformer could power a minimum of 10 Watts, you would need a new transformer.

      Hope that helps.

      • Frank W says:

        You will need to check that the supply to the lights is not only low voltage, but also DC. LED lights will fail if connected to an AC supply even if it is the correct voltage. If this is the case, it may be better to fit a separate strip light.

  2. Martin Gillie says:

    I have 4 halogen R7 Dialls of different wattages – can these be replaced by LEDs?

  3. Norman Gill says:

    I tried to replace a GU10 halogen in the shower room but the LED Lumilife are too long for the safety fitment.

    Do you have shorter ones?

  4. Jeff says:

    We have a floor standing light with five Halogen 12v 10w bulds (they are very small and have two wire prongs) the light also as a dimmer as its main on/off what is the solution to change to LED ?

    • Jamie / LED Expert says:

      It sounds like you’d need G4 LEDs, and the only way they would work would be if you could change the transformer to a dimmable LED-compatible one.

  5. David J Fincher says:

    Will LED work on raw ac or is a rectifier required?

    • Jamie / LED Expert says:

      Yes most LED bulbs and spotlights will work. The exceptions are low voltage G4 and MR11 LEDs that will require an LED-compatible transformer to power them.

  6. Steve Adkinson says:

    I tried to replace 4 x 20w halogen bulbs in my cooker hood but they were dim as the transformer needs a minimum current to work properly, The simple solution replace 3 of the halogen with 2w led’s and leave one halogen in place, now they all work correctly and it’s difficult to tell which is which. Safely store the other halogen bulbs for future replacement of the halogen fitted and you should be ok for years. When you run out of halogens then you will have to replace the transformer or the hood! Oh and most transformers I have need at least 10watts of power to work properly therefore one 20w bulb and the rest low power led should suffice. My hood now uses 26w instead of the original 80w but just as bright. Still a good saving.

  7. Dan says:

    I’ve changed the G4s in my cooler hood to LED but the transformer is buzzing – What’s causing this and how do I stop it.

    • Jamie / LED Expert says:

      Hi Dan,

      Did you change the transformer as well as the bulbs? If not that is probably the cause. Transformers have a minimum wattage required to operate properly, and because LEDs require much less power than halogens, you need an LED-compatible transformer which has a much lower minimum load requirement.

      Hope that helps, but if you need any more help please feel free to contact our customer service team on 0333 77 22 111 who will be happy to help.

  8. Mike says:

    I have a Mathmos Lava Lamp and this relies on a halogen bulb to Halogen heat the bottle for the effect to work – am I going to have to stock up on Halogens?

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