November 27, 2014: European Union (EU) has proposed to delay the phasing out of halogen lamps from 2016 to 2018, and enhance the shelf life of halogen lamps. This will dim the potential surge of LED lighting, and also the promised energy saving by EU. Twenty eight EU members will vote on the proposal early next year.
This EU decision will cost US $10.73 billion as huge amount of energy will be used by the halogen lamps, claimed an efficiency standards and labelling group Clasp. This group has submitted a report to the Belgian government and the European Council for an energy-efficient economy.
Although LED lamps perform much better than halogen lamps and are much more energy efficient; also their prices are dropping year on year, consumers still prefer halogen lights as they are cheaper than LED lamps.
However, while EU expected CFL sales to exceed that of halogen lamps by fourfold in 2013, actually its sales dropped four times.
EU has observed that halogen lamps have become popular with the consumers and have become the default lamp. It has in fact become ingrained in the consumers purchasing patterns, and EU feels that it will be difficult to phase out halogen lamps so early.
About 19% of global electricity is used for lighting, and the best-performing LED lamps consume 10 times less energy than the halogen lamps.
The study said that if the original deadline of phasing out is met then there will be a direct loss of over 10,000 jobs, mostly in Germany. Many EU-based lamp manufacturing companies will lose business to regions where there is laxer regulations.
Philips who propagates LED technology, which accounts for nearly a third of the company?s global sales, has finally supported in delaying the phase-out of halogen lamps.
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