Europe says goodbye to halogen bulbs

As of September 1, 2018, the community regulations of 2009, which entered into force in 2016, on energy efficiency that was approved by the European Parliament, will be introduced, a new regulation that will prohibit the manufacture and sale of halogen bulbs that have been produced after August 31, 2018.

The main objective of this regulation is to comply with the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol.

What are halogen bulbs?

They are the “evolution” of incandescent light bulbs. They had the presence of some halogen gas (Bromine or Iodine) and this improved the safety and durability of the bulbs but did not improve their performance compared with incandescents.

Goodbye halogen … Hello, LED?

The objective of the regulation is also to favor the use of LED technologies, which are more efficient and sustainable.

The LED bulb is cheaper, with a longer life and also will bring considerable energy savings, as reported by the OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users)

According to the European Commission, electricity savings equivalent to the annual consumption of 11 million households and a reduction in the electricity bill of 15% will be achieved.

This type of technology generates the same amount of electricity, but consumes a tenth of what halogen consumed, and being ten times more efficient than incandescent.

The halogen bulbs lasted between 2000 and 4000 hours, and the LEDs have a lifespan of 50000 hours.

Sources: El País, Xataka, El Mundo, El Sur

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