The European Union prohibits the use of halogen lamps. The ban, which is introduced in the framework of energy saving policy, will begin to operate from September 1, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.
EU residents are offered to switch to LED bulbs which consume up to five times less electricity than halogen lamps, and last much longer (10-15 years against two).
The refusal to use halogen lamps will prevent 15 million tons of carbon emissions a year.
Halogen lamps are cheaper to buy, but the cost of electricity when using them is higher than in the case of LED lights. Philips said that European consumers will save more than 124 euros a year thanks to switching to LED lamps.
The EU banned incandescent bulbs in 2009.