The Halogen Light Bulb Ban
1st March 2017
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Although some will find this frustrating, this is good news as LEDs bring lower energy bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and much greater lighting efficiency.  And, as with any change, electricians such as Wiring Works have a role to play in helping their customers get to know what can and can't be used under the ban, and which alternatives to go for.

So exactly what bulbs are affected?  

This first wave of the ruling affects GU10 halogen spotlights and PAR30 floodlights. Low voltage halogen spotlights and other bulbs with a B level energy rating are not included. Stores that already have existing bulbs in stock are still allowed to sell them, but they can't order any more.

There are lots of LED products on the market that can be used instead of halogen spotlights. Here are a few suggestions to consider for your next fitting. 

  • For a domestic property, the type of fitting you choose will depend on the budget available. For an upmarket dwelling, consider LED downlights from JCC, Philips or Greenbrook. 
  • The JCC 6W 4000K LED IP65 Dimmable Downlight is available in White, Brushed Nickel or Chrome finish and can be used as a direct replacement for a 50w halogen light. With a 75,000 hour life, these lights are energy efficient, and they also come with a ten year warranty for a domestic installation (five for commercial).  
  • If you’re working with a lower budget, opt for the Bell 6W LED GU10 Warm White Non Dimmable. This can also be used as a replacement for a GU10 halogen lamp and has a 30,000 hour lifetime. 
As ever, the friendly team at Wiring Works are on hand should you need help or advice regarding selecting the right bulbs and any other lighting issues you may have. Call 01952 427859.
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