Halogen light bulbs banned in UK

Only selected oven and cooker hood halogens are exempt

31 Aug, 18

Halogen light bulbs will be banned from sale in the UK as from tomorrow (September 1, 2018), as part of the EU Energy regulations.

But according to a news report from Which? a recent consumer survey has reported more than two thirds of consumers (64%) are unaware of the impending ban.

Marketing manager for Sensio Lighting Joe Mitchell commented: “We just want to ensure all our customers are aware of this new legislation and that it has now come into effect.”

He continued: “We have been promoting the benefits of LED lighting for a number of years but until now there have always been alternatives to consider.

“It’s a positive step forward and great news for the environment as the LED bulb not only last much longer, they use less energy too.”

Halogen light bulbs banned in UK

Sensio compares halogen light bulbs to equivalent LED


Sensio recently unveiled Bellatrix, a modern chandelier which features 972 dimmable LEDs.

Halogen GU10 spotlights were banned in 2016 but other halogen bulbs got a stay of execution as manufacturers argued LEDs weren’t a viable replacement due to higher costs.

The E27 Edison Screw, B22 Bayonet Bulb and the smaller E14 and B15 are now included in the ban.

However there are a few specialists’ bulbs, where LED or other energy-efficient alternatives are not available, which are exempt from the ban.

These include G4, G9 and R7 bulbs, which are used in some ovens and cooker hoods.

The ban sees the final stage of a European Union directive (EC 244?2009) that has progressively banned less efficient light sources, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions.

These rules will remain relevant for as long as the UK follows EU legislation but manufacturers have indicated they are unlikely to produce halogen bulbs specifically for the UK after Brexit.