On September 1, halogens went down in history . The reason? The European Union has banned its manufacture because they are inefficient and polluting. At the moment, the ban affects only halogen bulbs, while halogen bulbs will continue selling until September 2018, so there is plenty of time to replace them with LEDs.
According to the Spanish Association of Lighting Manufacturers (Anfalum), which groups 90% of the sector, currently halogen lamps account for less than 10% of the sales of the lighting market . This is so because the final consumer usually opts for less efficient and more efficient options, such as LED, which already accounts for 50% of the turnover of the sector in Spain, which last year exceeded 1,280 million euros.
However, it is important to note that despite the ban, stores may continue to market stocks that you still have these , but not receive new orders. The estimates that are used suggest that these stocks could be depleted in the next six months.
According to the European Commission, the most efficient lighting installation will allow users to save an average of 115 euros during the life of the use of new generation bulbs , while at the same time reducing, in global terms, the equivalent of the annual consumption of electricity from Portugal.
The community solution goes through LED lamps , of higher quality, more durable and much more energy efficient than halogen technology. In this sense, the transition to LED has already started in September 2012 when the commercialization of incandescent bulbs was banned, and will last until September 2018 with the final ban on halogen bulbs.
LED bulbs consume less energy and last longer . They are, for all intents and purposes, better than halogens. Its useful life cycle is 50,000 hours of light and its consumption is 2.5 times lower than a low consumption bulb. In addition, the LEDs do not heat up, the ignition is instantaneous and does not lose quality of light with the passage of time.
Our advice before making the jump to the LED: let us advise by specialized stores if we do not want to have bad experiences . A cheap LED may end up costing us money, just as a too expensive LED may not be necessary.