Last reviewed 18 June 2021

The Government has announced plans to ban the sale of halogen and florescent light bulbs as part of a wider effort to support net zero targets and cut climate emissions.

New legislation will be introduced this month to end the sale of halogen light bulbs from September and the removal of fluorescent light bulbs from shelves in 2023.

The new rules mark a significant shift to more energy efficient and longer lasting LEDs, which the Government calculates will reduce carbon emissions by around 1.26 million — the equivalent of removing over half a million cars from the UK’s roads. LEDs last longer than halogens and produce less waste overall.

Minister for Climate Change, Lord Martin Callanan, said: “Phasing out halogen bulbs in favour of LED alternatives that last longer, are just as bright and cheaper to run, is another way that we are helping tackle climate change.”

The UK began phasing out the sale of higher-energy halogen lightbulbs in 2018 under EU rules to phase out less efficient light sources. The new legislation extends the ban meaning retailers will no longer be able to sell most types of halogen bulbs for general household and commercial use in the UK from 1 September.

By switching to LEDs, offices, shops and other businesses can save up to 90% on lighting related energy costs, with domestic consumers expected to save an average of £75 on annual energy bills.

Stephen Rouatt, new Chief Executive for Signify UK (the parent company of Philips Lighting), said he welcomed the government’ plans: “Using energy-efficient LED equivalents for halogen and fluorescent lighting on an even broader scale will significantly help the UK on its journey to decarbonisation, as well as lowering the annual electricity bills for consumers.”

The new rules also include a ban on the sale of lighting fixtures that can’t be replaced. These fixtures account for 100,000 tonnes of electrical waste every year. The old A+, A++ or A+++ energy rating system will also be replaced with a simpler A-G scale to help choose the most environmentally friendly bulbs.