Households face a potential £ 200 bill to replace halogen lamps with LEDs due to the cost of lighting compatibility

  • Halogen lightbulbs are banned by the government from September
  • It is believed that switching to LED lamps will save 1.26 million tons of CO2
  • It could cost some UK households £ 209 to replace the lighting fixtures

After the halogen bulb sales ban in September, households face a potential £ 2 billion bill for new lighting fixtures, new research has shown.

The government announced earlier this month that halogen lamps would be banned from September and replaced by LED lamps.

It is believed that switching to LED lamps will save 1.26 million tons of CO2 and help the environment.

Replacing the existing 54 million halogen bulbs in UK households with LEDs will cost households an estimated £ 109 million – £ 27 million more than the cost of replacing burned out bulbs with halogens, according to Uswitch.

Consumers face a potential £ 2 billion bill for new lighting fixtures following the halogen bulb ban

However, the greatest cost falls on the estimated ten million households with lighting fixtures that are not compatible with LED lamps.

Some low wattage luminaires such as kitchen and bathroom spotlights need to be replaced because their transformers are too overloaded for the low power requirements of LED lamps.

With households needing an average of 4.4 new faucets, the British are faced with a bill of £ 2 billion – an estimated £ 209 per household.

The change of lightbulbs will go a long way towards reducing the UK’s carbon emissions, according to experts.

Sofia Hutson, Senior Energy Manager at Compare The Market, said, “Traditional lightbulbs, known as halogen bulbs, work by conducting electrical current through a metal thread.

“When the metal gets hot enough, it creates light. However, much of the electricity used to light the bulb is lost as heat.

“Although the initial cost is higher, energy-saving lamps can use up to 80 percent less electricity than a conventional light bulb, which can lead to savings in your energy costs.

“They also usually last a lot longer than standard halogen bulbs so you don’t have to replace them as often.”

The change of lightbulbs will go a long way towards reducing the UK's carbon emissions, according to experts

The change of lightbulbs will go a long way towards reducing the UK’s carbon emissions, according to experts

Three out of ten households say they find it difficult to afford replacing their lighting, according to the Uswitch study.

The news of the ban surprised some consumers: 32 percent say it will come into effect too early, while 22 percent will circumvent the ban by hoarding halogen lamps.

The government is also planning to put a new energy efficiency label from A to G on the packaging of lightbulbs.

Currently, 24 percent of people find energy efficiency labels confusing, while 22 percent do not understand the wattages on packages.

However, it will be some time before halogen lamps are completely abolished.

Lightbulbs were supposed to be phased out in 2016 but there are still 29.5 million in use in the UK.

Fluorescent lamps, of which an estimated 28 million are still in use in the UK, will also be phased out from September 2023.

Sarah Broomfield, Uswitch Energy Expert, said, “LED lightbulbs have many benefits, not least the fact that they save over a million tons of CO2 while helping people reduce their energy bills.

“While this change may be inconvenient in the short term, people will soon be reaping the benefits of lower energy costs and the fact that LED lamps have a long lifespan.”

Tom Lyon, Director of Energy at Energy Helpline, added: “LED lightbulbs can cost a little more per lightbulb, but since they last up to five times longer, the overall household cost should decrease and the household cost should be significantly cheaper the environment.

“The new rules will also change the energy efficiency ratings of all lightbulbs, with the old system where scores went up to A +++ being graded from A to G in favor of a simple rating system, with only the most efficient lightbulbs receiving a coveted rating.

“Coupled with the fluorescent tape ban due next year, these combined measures will result in a significant reduction in the UK’s carbon footprint.”

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