Domestic halogen lamps won’t now be phased out until 2018

Anyone who has been reading this blog for a decent amount of time will know that we have recently written about the possibility of the sale of halogen light bulbs being phased out by the European Union (EU) by as soon as next year. Well, with a vote having now taken place on the issue, we can confirm that inefficient “D”-class halogen lamps will now remain on UK store shelves until at least 1st September 2018.

That was the proposal of the European Commission that was agreed to by Member States on 17th April, following an extensive review process that was open to the public. Active contributors to this assessment included Members of the European Parliament, Member States authorities, consumer organisations, environmental NGOs and the lighting industry.

It is the low efficiency of halogen light bulbs that is leading to them being phased out, with a halogen lamp often consuming five times more than an energy-efficient LED. This led to the 2009 decision by Member States to phase out such inefficient “D”-class halogen lamps from 1st September 2016. However, the Commission has now decided that this would be too early for LED technology to fully replace halogen lamps, hence the further two-year delay.

This is good news for those of you who still shop for halogen light bulbs here at Easy Light Bulbs, and were concerned about the upfront costs of LED light bulbs if you had been forced to make the switch next year. However, 2018 is still early enough to the bring the significant benefits to the environment that the more efficient LED alternatives are capable of delivering. In the additional two years, it is also a fair bet that more efficient and affordable LEDs will become available.

The decision means that from 1st September 2018, certain non-directional mains-voltage halogen lamps – mainly the pear-shaped ones – will no longer be brought to the market. However, directional halogen lamps, such as popular spotlights, are not affected, and nor are the halogen lamps that tend to be used in desk lamps and flood lights.

In addition, the measures only apply to the offering of new products for sale, and do not impact on products that are already on store shelves, so it looks likely that online shops like Easy Light Bulbs will still have supplies of these bulbs for some time after that date.

Of the decision by the Commission, Diederik de Stoppelaar – Secretary General at the lighting industry association LightingEurope – commented: “The industry strongly supports and has for years the changeover to more energy efficient lighting solutions. While 2020 was the ideal date for a phase-out of the popular domestic halogens, 2018 is an acceptable compromise.

“What consumers must realize, is that alternative developing technologies take time to be fully realised—and then to subsequently be widely available on the market.”

Why choose LED lighting?

There is no doubt that the light bulb industry has undergone a significant transformation in the last few decades as traditional light bulbs have been removed from the market and gradually replaced with more energy efficient bulbs. There are now so many different types of lighting, but LED lights are becoming increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The light bulbs are useful in both residential and commercial buildings with LED lighting, in particular, being at the forefront of sustainability strategies deployed by organisations in the public sector so that they are perceived as being environmentally friendly. All business sectors from the manufacturing industry – from vast, wide-ranging warehouses to small offices – make use of the LED light bulb, on account of its reliability and capacity to provide the right lighting in a work environment. In addition, as the costs of running the bulbs are low and the performance of the bulb continues to improve, they are the preferred choice with many business owners.

LED bulbs are also found in many homes as well as businesses. Not only do they emit lots of light, but they are also warming and conserve energy, so they are an ideal solution for any room in the home. LED bulbs come in an array of sizes and shapes and the combination of their innovative design and stunning effects create a great ambience in any room. You can also save up to 90% energy in comparison with traditional bulbs, so there’s never been a better time to switch your home lighting to LED. Easy Light Bulbs stocks a variety of high quality, lasting bulbs to suit every room in your home.

Antique LED Bulbs  GLS Bulb  Golf Ball LED's  LED Architectural Bulbs

What’s more, our LED light bulbs provide a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours, so you don’t need to worry about replacing the bulbs regularly. We supply an array of quality light bulbs from a number of high profile suppliers, including Philips and Osram, and our products are extremely affordable. There’s the LED architectural bulb or the corn bulb as well as panels, strip lights and tubes.

LED Candle Bulbs  LED Capsule Bulbs  LED Corn Bulbs  LED Disc Lamp

We have one of the most comprehensive stock lists online, and with our low prices and high quality products, LED lighting has never been more affordable, whether the light bulbs are for your home or business.



The Lamp Company to the rescue!

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The team at The Lamp Company love to help a customer in urgent need of a rare bulb. We were contacted by a customer during the final stages of a major aircraft repair in Luxembourg, a key lamp in a piece of vital test equipment had failed and there were no spares available. This meant that the test equipment was unserviceable and the repair had to be stopped with 60 technicians unable to continue.  This occurred during on a Saturday morning when all suppliers were closed.  The customer contacted one of our European partners who suggested that the only people that might be able to help would be The Lamp Company in Baldock.

An email pinged into our out of hours contact and on Saturday afternoon we confirmed that we had a replacement in stock.  We then made arrangements for the item to be picked and packed early on the Sunday morning and handed over to our customers courier by 09:30am from a member of staffs home. All at no extra cost!! The replacement lamp was then on a flight by 2:00pm and on-site and fitted by 6:00pm.  The repair was able to continue without any further delay and the repair was completed a few days later, on Schedule. Phew!

Why might you purchase coloured light bulbs?

Almost any store – like Easy Light Bulbs – that has some two million bulbs in stock at any one time will inevitably have many different categories of lamp to choose from. You really can turn to us for the most comprehensive range of light bulbs for the home and beyond, from general household lighting and infra red bulbs to halogen energy savers and marine navigation bulbs – so why would you want to invest in our coloured light bulbs?

Fluorescent Tubes               Halogen Reflectors               Pygmy Bulbs

These bulbs, which here at Easy Light Bulbs encompass fluorescent tubes, halogen reflectors, pygmy bulbs, round bulbs, reflector bulbs and standard bulbs, make sense in a variety of settings. You may screw some into your ordinary light fittings to enliven the scene of a party, or they may be used to simultaneously illuminate a room and project a certain ambience. Whatever feel you want a room to have, it can be achieved with our extensive selection of coloured light bulbs.

That is even more the case when you consider the many colours in which we offer such bulbs, ranging from red, yellow and blue to gold, orange and pink. But there are so many more specification options when you buy your coloured light bulbs from Easy Light Bulbs. Even just buying coloured fluorescent tubes from us, for example, allows you to select from four-pin units and those with two pins at either end, as well as from such manufacturers as Osram, Philips, Sylvania and Narva.

Reflector Bulbs               Round Bulbs              Standard Bulbs

Similarly, when you browse our online store for coloured halogen reflectors, you can opt for GU10 or two-pin units, represented brands in this category including Bell, Casell and Osram. You can also choose between a series of wattage counts, finishes, expected lifespans, physical lengths, diameters and beam angles. That amount of choice presents itself throughout our product range – our coloured round bulbs, for instance, are available in both bayonet 22mm diameter and screw-in 27mm diameter variants.

Whether you are picking up coloured light bulbs to help to create a romantic atmosphere in the bedroom, to light up exhibited items in a cabinet, as a backdrop for dancing the night away or for all manner of other potential uses, there really is no need to look to an online store other than Easy Light Bulbs. We take pride in our reputation as the complete – not to mention most competitively-priced – supplier.


The Lamp Company quoted in Telegraph story about banned bulbs

Buyers of halogen light bulbs have a real dilemma potentially coming up over the next few years as the European Commission continues its drive to make our light bulbs more efficient, longer-lasting and gentler to the environment, by banning increasingly outdated alternatives. Next up are halogen spotlights, which have been slated for a September 2016 withdrawal.

Who could possibly guide us through the minefield of the latest light bulbs that are being banned, and how we can best replace them in our homes and businesses? Why, no one other than our own Ian Fursland, of course, of The Lamp Company – us! He was quoted in a recent Telegraph story on the prospective ban and the often tricky decisions that buyers of light bulbs will be forced to make in response.

The demise of halogen spotlights still leaves the average buyer with options, although these may not be ideal for one reason or another. LED light bulbs are one possibility, for example, but they aren’t always compatible with current halogen dimmer switches or fixtures. Such doubts have led to the suggestion that any halogen bulb ban could be delayed until 2018.

The current situation with the now under-threat halogens mirrors that for traditional incandescent bulbs some years ago, these having now long been phased out. Since incandescent bulbs disappeared from store shelves here in the UK, it is halogens, LED bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps that have replaced them in homes and workplaces.

That it is halogens that have easily gained the most popularity of those options here in the UK, with an average of 10 in every home, has only added to the concern about a ban on this type of bulb as soon as next year. They are infinitely more affordable than LED lights to buy, the about £1 price tag for a single halogen spotlight bulb comparing to the £5-£10 that one could expect to have to pay for the equivalent LED.

However, there are – of course – longer-term savings to be enjoyed if one switches to LEDs. According to the Energy Saving Trust, around £60 a year could be shaved off household expenditure as a result of such a switch.

As Ian Fursland observed, “Most people don’t buy LEDs because they can’t afford them. There are also problems with fitting them – they don’t always fit into the socket, and have issues fitting the transformers that run the halogens.

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Amid reports that halogens are already being stockpiled by customers in readiness for such a ban, he added: “There is still huge demand for old-fashioned technology.”

Whichever decision you make about your own home or workplace’s future lighting needs, we’ll support you all the way up to any halogen ban, with our considerably in-depth stock right here at Easy Light Bulbs.