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Europe Is Banning Halogen Lightbulbs

By Kristin Hunt

Europe is saying goodbye to halogen lightbulbs this fall. Starting on September 1, the bulbs will be banned across all European Union countries, in an effort to get consumers to switch to LED.

Stores are allowed to sell their remaining stocks, and the EU will grant an exception for oven lights, according to The Guardian. But otherwise, halogen bulbs will exit the EU next month to make way for energy-saving alternatives.

While halogen bulbs are a widely available lighting option, they’re not the most energy-efficient. They operate at high temperatures and tend to burn out faster than LED bulbs, ultimately making them a bigger power drain and a more expensive investment. The EU currently rates halogen bulbs a “D” in energy efficiency, which is the second-lowest grade available on its scale.