Since Saturday, September 1st 2018, halogen lamps have been banned in the European Union. Good news for the whole world of the "green economy"; the first year you will have a saving equal to the annual consumption of Portugal. The European Union is increasingly using LED technology.
From Saturday, September 1 halogen lamps will be banned in the European Union. This is stated in Directive 244 of 2009. Traders will still be able to sell them for a few months to finish stock, then their marketing will be prohibited. Halogen lamps are banned for energy saving reasons: they are inefficient (energy efficiency class D, while the maximum is A++), and compared to an LED lamp they consume 5 times as much.
According to Enea, the elimination of halogen lamps in the EU will allow an annual energy saving equal to the consumption of Portugal, 48 TWh. From 2018 to 2025, the ban will eliminate the emission of 15.2 million tons of carbon dioxide. Changing from an halogen to an LED lamp, according to Enea, enables to save 115 euros over the life of the lamp (20 years for an LED lamp).
The higher cost is amortized in just one year.
The ban was to come into force as early as 2016, but it was postponed to allow a more widespread usage of LED lamps. In 2012, the EU had already banned the selling of incandescent lamps, again for excessive consumption reasons.