Homes and businesses will have to spend more than £1 billion replacing halogen lightbulbs before an EU ban takes effect next year. It is estimated there are about 480 million incandescent lightbulbs in British homes and 100 million in business premises and they must be replaced with LED alternatives before September 2018. Ray Molony, editor of Lux Review, the official publication of the Lighting Industry Association, said: “We estimate that at least 80 per cent of UK businesses have some form of halogen or incandescent light source within them. “Currently only 10 per cent of lightbulbs in use globally are LED, so it’s very unlikely that the majority of buildings are going to be completely free of incandescent or halogen light sources.” With the average LED lightbulb costing more than £2 it will push the replacement bill over the billion pound mark, according to research by V-TAC, an LED lighting company. Dinesh Sajnani, co-founder of V-TAC, said: “Many consumers are unaware of the restrictions, which will make the use of halogen bulbs illegal.” The cost of replacing halogen lightbulbs would soon be offset by the increased efficiency of LED lighting, typically saving an average household about £70 per year, Mr Sajnani said. Halogen bulbs use a similar amount of energy as traditional incandescent lightbulbs and generally last for less than two years. Old-style incandescent bulbs have already been phased out across Europe.
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