September 15, 2021
The ban on halogen lamps announced by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has put LEDs into the spotlight.
The good news, for our industry, is that LED lamps currently account for around 60% of all lamps sold in the UK and the ban announced will make LEDs the new normal for lighting. Thanks to this new regulation, this figure is set to grow to about 85% and should result in even bigger and better savings, as moving to LED lamps can result in significant savings for the end user from their energy bills.
Our own data shows that a complete switch to LED lighting across the UK over five years would help reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by equivalent to one of our four coal power plants, 636 thousand cars, or nearly half a million (496K) households.
The ban announcement means that between now and September 2021, manufacturers can continue to put products that don’t meet the new standards on the market, but these must be sold by March 2023. This ban makes me particularly happy as I feel it’s a step in the right direction to not just respond to the climate urgency but also to help users control their energy bills to a greater extent. The change in regulation has also introduced a new energy label. This label provides comprehensive information on the energy consumption of lamps. What’s great about this is that customers now have full access to the necessary information they need to make an informed choice.