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U.K. to Ban Halogen Light Bulbs From September in Green...

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U.K. to Ban Halogen Light Bulbs From September in Green Push

Filaments glow inside Philips Classic LED light bulbs at the Philips Lighting NV experience center in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. The Dutch economy, the fifth largest in the euro area, is projected to grow 3.2 percent in 2017, 2.7 percent next year and 2.5 percent in 2019, according to the European Commission. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
By Bloomberg
09 Jun 2021 0

The U.K. will ban the sale of halogen light bulbs in September as part of a shift toward LED-only lighting from 2023 to curb emissions.

The transition to LED bulbs — with sales of fluorescent lights ending in 2023 — will cut 1.26 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing over half a million cars from U.K. roads, according to the government. The U.K. began phasing out higher-energy halogen light bulbs in 2018.

The ban is part of broader measures to make homes greener, which includes a plan to replace conventional gas boilers with potentially more expensive alternatives. U.K. households account for about 40% of the nation’s total emissions, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the country to become “net zero” by 2050.

LED lights already account for about two-thirds of U.K. bulb sales. They last five times longer than traditional halogens, produce the same amount of light but use as much as 80% less power.

“By helping ensure electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we’re saving households money on their bills and helping tackle climate change,” Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in a statement.


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