NEXT MONTH, the sixth stage of the so-called ‘bulb ban’ will see another tranche of light sources outlawed in the European market.
Since the autumn of 2009 energy-inefficient lamps have gradually disappeared from the market in accordance with a European directive. For retailers and producers there are more changes from 1 September this year when the next stage of the halogen lamp ban comes into force.
After that date the relevant products may no longer be put into circulation in the UK or anywhere else in the EU.
The ban mainly covers the popular classic halogen light bulbs that are typically made of glass, emit light all round, have an E27 or E14 screw base and are operated without a transformer.
Some non-directional halogen lamps with G4 and GY6.35 plug-in bases are also affected. There will be a certain delay before buyers feel the effects, however, because retailers are allowed to sell their residual stocks. Buyers therefore have sufficient time to upgrade their lighting to compliant LED lamps.
However, concern is rising that bulb ban is increasing confusion among domestic consumers, who struggle with the complex range of lamps on the market.
An international consumer survey commissioned by leading manufacturer Ledvance highlighted a significant lack of knowledge about the imminent ban on halogen lamps.
Sixty four per cent of UK consumers are unaware that, among others, the popular halogen light bulb can no longer be put into circulation anywhere in the EU from September 2018.
And that figure is a further 10 percent higher if the consumers who have heard about the ban but are unclear about the consequences are included.
Nearly four fifths (79 per cent) of those who were unaware of the ban are in the 50 to 60 age group. And over half of the respondents (54 per cent) who had not heard about the next stage of the ban considered their knowledge of lighting systems to be good or at least adequate. By contrast, awareness in the 18 to 39 age group and among those with high incomes and high levels of education is particularly high.
In contrast to the UK, at the top of the table is Italy with 58 per cent of Italian respondents being aware of the imminent ban. Germany ranked mid-table with 49 per cent in terms of awareness of the halogen directive, and the British came in last with only 35 per cent, just behind Sweden with 39 per cent.
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