As of Saturday, the EU has banned retailers from replacing halogen lightbulb stock due to their high energy use in favour of LED compact fluorescent bulbs, in a move to that will also reduce carbon emissions. James Crouch from Scotlight Direct explained the impact for consumers. He said: “The ban will slash household and business energy bills by up to 15% as traditional lamp bulbs only use approximately 5% of the electricity to convert into visible light. Although the perception that LEDs are not as bright as traditional lamps and that they give off a cold light, the reality is that LEDs have come a long way and are now available in a vast range of colour temperatures and brigh tness, the Kelvin scale – to suit any taste. “Many people also don’t realise that LEDs come in dimming and non-dimming varieties and are instant starting. LEDs can also increase the lifespan of your light-fitting as there is less chance of it burning out the lamp holder. Halogen lamp bulbs produce a lot of heat whereas LEDs produce little to no heat.” According to the Energy Saving Trust, halogen lightbulbs, originally patented in 1959, last for around 2000 hours – compared to 25,000 hours for LED lights. A halogen bulb burns through about £11 of electricity a year, while an LED bulb costs about £2 a year to use.
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